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The Shotgun Guy (referred to as a Former Human Sergeant in the game manuals, or just Sergeant) is a black-wearing human who has been turned into a zombie during the invasion from Hell. The monster appears as a red-eyed bald man wearing bloodstained, gray-black clothes, and wields a shotgun. The Shotgun Guy is very similar to the Zombieman or Former Human, but is slightly faster, has more health, and most crucially does much more damage with a shotgun blast than the Zombieman's rifle.

The Doom instruction manual says: Same as the Former Humans, but much meaner, and tougher. These walking shotguns provide you with a few extra holes if you're not careful!

Combat characteristics

The Shotgun Guys are prone to infighting due to their large blast radius.

When alerted, this type of zombie will produce the same animalistic sounds made by the Zombieman. A Shotgun Guy, as his name implies, is armed with a shotgun, which is less powerful than the player's shotgun: one round produces only three pellets instead of seven, and each pellet inflicts slightly less damage on average. When the Shotgun Guy attacks, it aims its shotgun at the player for ten tics, or about 3/10 of a second, and fires off three pellets from their shotgun. Each pellet has the same dispersal as a Zombieman's bullet (standard deviation around 9°, to a maximum of ±22°); this is calculated independently for each pellet, so multiple hits are occasionally scored even at very long range, giving the monster a threatening attack even at medium distance. After firing, the monster moves again, though sometimes it may attack almost immediately afterwards. While Shotgun Guys do not have an animation for pumping their shotgun (they do have one in Brutal Doom though), it is assumed that they do so, as they produce a shotgun-cocking noise immediately after shooting.

When killed, a Shotgun Guy lets out the same death cries emitted by a Zombieman - assuming it is not gibbed, which is common, considering its relatively low number of hit points. His death animation is in the same fashion as the Zombieman: chest and abdomen bursting open in a bloody mess, lower jaw partially torn down, corpse falling abruptly on his back. The enemy drops his weapon, which contains 4 shells (or 8 on ITYTD and NM). If it subsequently respawns or is resurrected, the shotgun remains, which can produce the strange effect of a repeatedly-resurrected Shotgun Guy dropping a potentially-infinite amount of shotguns.

Tactical analysis

Due to the dispersal of the pellets from its shotgun, the Shotgun Guy is only a marginally greater threat than the Zombieman at long range. However, at closer ranges their shotgun blasts can damage the player significantly, and many stock levels create ambushes by placing Shotgun Guys on ledges and around corners. They are notable threats at medium range due to their attack firing three pellets to the zombieman's one.

The player's shotgun generally immediately kills individual Shotgun Guys at medium and long ranges, and can occasionally kill two or more with one shot at close range. All other weapons are effective against Shotgun Guys, although the pistol leaves it ample time to retaliate, and the fist and chainsaw are dangerous to use because the player risks being shot at point-blank range. This can be fatal if the player does not have any form of armor available and has low health. Shotgun Guys are notable for having a very wide potential damage range- they can do anything from 9 to 45 damage if all three pellets connect, though on average they do about 20 to 30 damage.

The Shotgun Guy's contribution to monster-monster battles is average at best. It is more durable than a Zombieman, and can damage more than one creature per shot. However, it fires much less frequently than a player would, and circles its target in an irregular pattern which prevents it from attacking at close range every time. Thus it can be defeated by a healthy Imp more often than not, and most often by a Demon, though the Shotgun Guy can cancel a Demon's attack with their blast, and can sometimes defeat Demons. Their high damage is excellent when one is baiting them into infighting; in many stock Doom maps, Shotgun Guys appear in close drill with Demons and Spectres, and can sometimes finish off wounded Demons by accidentally shooting them in the back.

Very large groups of Shotgun Guys may suffer significant losses from infighting (as with the red key area in the user made URMEAT.WAD) simply because of the sheer number of pellets being fired.

Certain stock maps (especially those of Knee-Deep in the Dead) include a large number of additional Shotgun Guys on UV as compared with the lower skill levels. Their dropped shotguns greatly increase the number of shells available to the player.

Trivia

  • Despite being called a "Sergeant" in the manuals, the Shotgun Guy has the type name MT_SHOTGUY in the Doom source code, and the sprite prefix SPOS, while the analogous MT_SERGEANT and SARG are given to the Demon. This is arguably because the Demon was initially named "Demon Sergeant" in the Doom Bible (section 7.2).
  • In a ZDoom-based source port, if the player is killed by a Shotgun Guy (monster is credited with delivering the blow that reduces player's health to 0%), an obituary message is displayed at the top of the screen: "[player name] was shot by a Sergeant".
  • Despite the fact that they share a Speed value of 8 with the Zombieman, they actually move slightly faster; this is because of a strange quirk of the Zombieman in the code, in which their A_Chase intervals are 4 tics apart instead of the 3 of the Shotgun Guy and Imp, resulting in them moving at 70 map units per second as opposed to 93.3.
  • Shotgun Guys are commonly mistaken to be armored, however, their low health and nearly-identical shirts to the Zombieman indicate that they are not wearing any body armor, unlike the Chaingunner or the player. This would explain their low health, as a few pistol shots or a single shotgun blast would realistically kill a human.

Strategy

Get to close to it and you're done for, unless the RNG loves you. This thing won't be killed by a pistol/ fist easily, a shotgun or higher can easily decimate this thing though.

Data

ID # Hit points Speed Width Height Reaction time Pain chance Pain time Mass Bits
9 (decimal)
9 (hex)
30 8 map units per frame
(93.3 map units per second)
40 56 8 170 (66.41%) 6 tics 100 4194310

1: 2: 22:
Obstacle Shootable Affects Kill %

Sprite name Alert sound Action sound Pain sound Death sound
SPOS DSPOSIT1 or
DSPOSIT2
DSPOSACT DSPOPAIN DSPODTH1
DSPODTH2
DSPODTH3 (normal)
DSSLOP (gibs)

Melee

Damage Sound
N/A N/A

Range

Type Speed Damage Sprite name Sound
Hitscan 10 map units per tic
(350 map units per second)
3-15 (per pellet) PUFF (impact, miss)
BLUD (impact, hit)
DSSHOTGN

Shotgun damage

Shots needed to kill1 Mean Standard
deviation
Min Max
Player (100%
health, no armor)
12.29 2.16 4 19
Player (100%
health, security armor)
17.86 2.79 13 26
Player (200%
health, combat armor)
44.18 6.03 37 59
Barrel 2.93 0.83 1 6
Zombieman 2.93 0.83 1 6
Shotgun Guy 3.91 1.04 2 7
Wolfenstein SS 6.37 1.39 4 11
Imp 7.43 1.53 5 13
Heavy Weapon Dude 8.80 1.74 5 15
Lost Soul 12.29 2.16 9 19
Commander Keen 12.29 2.16 9 19
Demon 17.86 2.79 13 26
Spectre 17.86 2.79 13 26
Boss Brain3 29.78 4.39 25 42
Revenant 35.44 5.22 30 50
Cacodemon 47.41 6.88 40 64
Pain Elemental 47.41 6.88 40 64
Hell Knight 58.95 8.61 50 82
Arachnotron 58.95 8.61 50 82
Mancubus 70.57 10.22 60 96
Arch-vile 82.52 12.01 70 114
Baron of Hell 117.61 17.02 100 159
Spider Mastermind 351.57 51.06 303 473
Cyberdemon 468.91 68.19 405 631
  1. These tables assume that all calls to P_Random for damage, pain chance, blood splats, impact animations, and backfire checks are consecutive. In real play, this is never the case: counterattacks and AI pathfinding must be handled, and of course the map may contain additional moving monsters and other randomized phenomena (such as flickering lights). Any resulting errors are probably toward the single-shot average, as they introduce noise into the correlation between the indices of "consecutive" calls.
  2. Assumes that direct hits are possible, which does not occur in any stock map.
  3. Hardcoded exception to infighting negates damage (excepting indirect damage caused by exploding barrels).
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  1. This table assumes that all calls to P_Random for damage, pain chance, blood splats, and bullet dispersal are consecutive. In real play, this is never the case: counterattacks and AI pathfinding must be handled, and of course the map may contain additional moving monsters and other randomized phenomena (such as flickering lights). Any resulting errors are probably toward the single-shot average, as they introduce noise into the correlation between the indices of "consecutive" calls.
  2. The target must be close enough to compensate for the monster's inaccurate aim.
  3. Assumes that direct hits are possible, which does not occur in any stock map.

Appearance statistics

In classic Doom, the Shotgun Guy is first encountered on these maps:

Game ITYTD and HNTR HMP UV and NM
Ultimate Doom E1M3: Toxin Refinery E1M3: Toxin Refinery E1M1: Hangar
Doom II MAP02: Underhalls MAP02: Underhalls MAP02: Underhalls
TNT: Evilution MAP01: System Control MAP01: System Control MAP01: System Control
Plutonia MAP01: Congo MAP01: Congo MAP01: Congo

The IWADs contain the following numbers of Shotgun Guys:

Game ITYTD and HNTR HMP UV and NM
Ultimate Doom 271 451 656
Doom II 203 382 483
TNT: Evilution 638 894 1041
Plutonia 282 312 315

Other games

Doom 3

See Z-Sec

Doom 64

The Shotgun Guy makes an appearance in Doom 64, but interestingly enough, it uses the sprite of the Zombieman, but with a different palette applied to change his suit to more like the original Zombieman, making both monsters almost impossible to differentiate in the game's darkness. In this game, Zombiemen have green pants, while Shotgun Guys have grey ones. They first appear in MAP01: Staging Area. As with Zombiemen, they are left-handed.

See also

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