4 shotgun shells rest in a corner of the zigzag room in Doom, E1M1: Hangar.

The basic unit of ammo for both the shotgun and the super shotgun is 4 shotgun shells (or eight at the I'm Too Young To Die and Nightmare! skill levels).

For gameplay considerations, the two shotguns use shells to unequal effect, and the shotgun operates differently for the player and the shotgun guy. When wielded by the monster, the shotgun produces only three pellets when fired, while in the hands of the player the weapon fires seven pellets per shell. Furthermore, the super shotgun fires a hefty twenty pellets, potentially causing nearly three times the damage the shotgun inflicts, while using only twice the ammunition.

Each pellet does between 5 and 15 hit points of damage (determined using Doom's pseudorandom number generator); the same as a bullet fired by the pistol or chaingun.

4 shotgun shells data
Thing type2008 (decimal), 7D8 (hex)
Appears inShareware Doom
Registered Doom
The Ultimate Doom
Doom II/Final Doom

Appearance statistics

The IWADs contain the following numbers of sets of 4 shotgun shells:

The Ultimate Doom288294290
Doom II241253251
TNT: Evilution208211205

Doom RPG

The shotgun shell pickup appears in Doom RPG. It gives the player either 4 or 10 shells.

See also

Ammo in Doom and Doom II
Clip 4 shotgun shells Rocket Energy cell
Box of bullets Box of shotgun shells Box of rockets Energy cell pack