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"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!"
Doom instruction manual

The Shotgun Guys (referred to as Former Human Sergeants in the game manuals, or just Sergeants) are a second type of zombified Human the player encounters in the games.

Physical Appearance[]

The Shotgun Guys look almost similar to their Zombieman counterparts. The main difference is that they appear as red-eyed bald men wearing bloodstained, gray-black clothes, armed with a shotgun.

Combat characteristics[]

Friendly fire

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

Shotgun Guys emit the same sounds produced by the Zombiemen when alerted. They will make one of the three animalistics roars when spotting the player, a pained groaning sound when taking fire, and a quiet moan while it is active.

The Shotgun Guys are overall, similar to the Zombiemen, but are slightly faster, have more health, and do much more damage from their shotgun blasts than the Zombiemen's rifles. Their shotgun, however, 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 Guys attack, they aim their 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 Zombiemen's bullets (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 monsters move again, though sometimes they 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, the Shotgun Guys let out the same death cries emitted by a Zombiemen - assuming they are not gibbed, which is common, considering their relatively low number of hit points. Their death animation is in the same fashion as the Zombiemen: chest and abdomen bursting open in a bloody mess, lower jaw partially torn down, corpse falling abruptly on his back. The enemies drop their weapon, which contains 4 shells (or 8 on ITYTD and NM). If they subsequently respawn or are 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 their shotguns, the Shotgun Guys are only a marginally greater threat than the Zombiemen at long range. However, at closer ranges their shotgun blasts can damage the player significantly, as they 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. 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 Zombiemen's ones.

The spread from the Shotgun Guys' weapons would make the pistol become ineffective to take them down. Instead players should rely on their own shotgun at most, as one shot is generally sufficient to kill an individual Shotgun Guy at medium and long ranges, two or more will fall at close range. Weapons like the super shotgun and the chaingun work excellently against Shotgun Guys, especially when they come in groups. Other weapons like the plasma gun should only be reserved for more threatening enemies like the Imps. Melee combat is ill-advised for inexperienced players, due to the high risk of being shot at point-blank range. Experienced players however, can take advantage of their high pain chance with the chainsaw, and a berserk fist will often gib them.

The Shotgun Guys' contribution to monster-monster battles makes them a weak contributor like their fellow Zombiemen. While they have a slightly higher health pool and wider hitscan from their attacks can generally allow them to dominate a Zombieman, they also fire much less frequently than a player would, preferring to circle their target in an irregular pattern which prevents them from attacking at close range every time. They are also not immune from their own hitscan attacks, making them prone to turning against each other, instead of working together in groups to take down a stronger monster. Thus they 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, which gives them a slight chance to overpower them, albeit not by much.

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).

  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 Guys are 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
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