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Weapon - Shotguns

posted Mar 2, 2012, 10:18 PM by Leo - www.superarts.org -   [ updated Mar 2, 2012, 10:24 PM ]
The shotgun is the most important class of guns in Resident Evil 4. Not only do 
they have a pretty large firepower, but they can also damage numerous creatures 
at once.


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- 1 - Shotgun -
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Description:			"A 12-gauge pump-action shotgun. Don't leave 
				home without it."
Base Cost:			Free in the village (or 20,000 ptas)
Inventory Space:		8 x 2 (16 spaces)
Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	257,000 ptas (312,000 in the GC version)
Fully-upgraded Resale Value:	167,440 ptas 

   PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
   | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
   |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
   |  1  | 4.0             | 1.53          | 3.03          | 6             |
   |  2  | 4.5 (15,000)    |      ---      | 2.43 (7,000)  | 8 (8,000)     |
   |  3  | 5.0 (20,000)    |      ---      | 1.67 (15,000) | 10 (10,000)   |
   |  4  | 6.0 (25,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 12 (12,000)   |
   |  5  | 7.0 (30,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 15 (15,000)   |
   |  6  | 8.0 (40,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 18 (20,000)   |
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o

   GC Stats:
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
   | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
   |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
   |  1  | 4.0             | 1.53          | 3.03          | 6             |
   |  2  | 4.5 (15,000)    |      ---      | 2.43 (7,000)  | 8 (8,000)     |
   |  3  | 5.0 (20,000)    |      ---      | 1.50 (15,000) | 10 (10,000)   |
   |  4  | 6.0 (25,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 12 (12,000)   |
   |  5  | 7.0 (30,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 15 (15,000)   |
   |  6  | 8.0 (45,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 18 (20,000)   |
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o

Exclusive:	Makes the firepower the same for all distances (40,000) (90,000 
		in the GC version)

Info:		This shotgun can be found for free towards the very beginning 
		of the game (in the second story of one of the houses in the 
		village). Since shotguns are normally only good for close 
		encounters, this gun's exclusive upgrade is well worth the 
		price.


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- 2 - Riot Gun -
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Description:			"This pump-action shotgun is effective even at 
				long distances!"
Base Cost:			32,000 ptas
Inventory Space:		8 x 2 (16 spaces)
Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	415,000 ptas
Fully-upgraded Resale Value:	208,700 ptas

   PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
   | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
   |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
   |  1  | 5.0             | 1.53          | 3.03          | 7             |
   |  2  | 5.5 (20,000)    |      ---      | 2.43 (7,000)  | 9 (10,000)    |
   |  3  | 6.0 (24,000)    |      ---      | 1.67 (20,000) | 11 (12,000)   |
   |  4  | 6.5 (28,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 13 (15,000)   |
   |  5  | 7.0 (32,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 15 (20,000)   |
   |  6  | 8.0 (50,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 17 (25,000)   |
   | Exc | 10.0 (120,000)  |      ---      |      ---      |      ---      |
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o

   GC Stats:
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
   | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
   |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
   |  1  | 5.0             | 1.53          | 3.03          | 7             |
   |  2  | 5.5 (20,000)    |      ---      | 2.43 (7,000)  | 9 (10,000)    |
   |  3  | 6.0 (24,000)    |      ---      | 1.50 (20,000) | 11 (12,000)   |
   |  4  | 6.5 (28,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 13 (15,000)   |
   |  5  | 7.0 (32,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 15 (20,000)   |
   |  6  | 8.0 (50,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 17 (25,000)   |
   | Exc | 10.0 (120,000)  |      ---      |      ---      |      ---      |
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o

Exclusive:	Increases the firepower to 10.0 (120,000)

Info:		One good feature of the Riot Gun is that you can aim and turn 
		faster with it than the regular Shotgun. It is, however, not 
		extremely better than the regular Shotgun.


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- 3 - Striker -
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Description:			"Equipped with the advantage of wide-shot, it 
				enables faster firing than a standard shotgun"
Base Cost:			43,000 ptas
Inventory Space:		5 x 2 (10 spaces)
Fully-upgraded Total Cost:	392,000 ptas
Fully-upgraded Resale Value:	206,560 ptas

   PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
   | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
   |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
   |  1  | 6.0             | 1.10          | 3.00          | 12            |
   |  2  | 7.0 (25,000)    |      ---      | 2.40 (8,000)  | 14 (10,000)   |
   |  3  | 8.0 (28,000)    |      ---      | 1.67 (15,000) | 16 (12,000)   |
   |  4  | 9.0 (32,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 20 (16,000)   |
   |  5  | 10.0 (40,000)   |      ---      |      ---      | 24 (18,000)   |
   |  6  | 12.0 (60,000)   |      ---      |      ---      | 28 (25,000)   |
   | Exc |       ---       |      ---      |      ---      | 100 (60,000)  |
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o

   GC Stats:
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o
   | Lvl | FP (cost)       | FS (cost)     | RS (cost)     | Cap (cost)    |
   |-----|-----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|
   |  1  | 6.0             | 0.73          | 3.00          | 12            |
   |  2  | 7.0 (25,000)    |      ---      | 2.40 (8,000)  | 14 (10,000)   |
   |  3  | 8.0 (28,000)    |      ---      | 1.50 (15,000) | 16 (12,000)   |
   |  4  | 9.0 (32,000)    |      ---      |      ---      | 20 (16,000)   |
   |  5  | 10.0 (40,000)   |      ---      |      ---      | 24 (18,000)   |
   |  6  | 12.0 (60,000)   |      ---      |      ---      | 28 (25,000)   |
   | Exc |       ---       |      ---      |      ---      | 100 (60,000)  |
   o-----------------------------------------------------------------------o

Exclusive:	Increases the capacity to 100 (60,000)

Info:		This shotgun has the greatest firing speed, maximum firepower, 
		and maximum capacity out of all three shotguns. Unfortunately, 
		you have to wait a while until you can buy this gun.


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- 4 - Statistical Comparison -
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PS2/PC/Wii Stats:
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| Gun                | Max FP | Total Cost | TC/FP     | FP/Sec    | TC/FPr   |
|--------------------|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
| Shotgun            |  8.0   | [257,000]  | [32,125]  |  4.930    |  52,132  |
| Riot Gun           |  10.0  |  415,000   |  41,500   |  6.142    |  67,572  |
| Striker            | [12.0] |  392,000   |  32,667   | [10.746]  | [36,479] |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

GC Stats:
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o
| Gun                | Max FP | Total Cost | TC/FP     | FP/Sec    | TC/FPr   |
|--------------------|--------|------------|-----------|-----------|----------|
| Shotgun            |  8.0   | [312,000]  |  39,000   |  4.959    |  62,920  |
| Riot Gun           |  10.0  |  415,000   |  41,500   |  6.180    |  67,157  |
| Striker            | [12.0] |  392,000   | [32,667]  | [16.107]  | [24,337] |
o-----------------------------------------------------------------------------o

Brackets indicate a weapon's statistical superiority in its own class. 


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- 5 - Conclusion (The Best Shotgun) -
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The best shotgun to use is without a doubt the Striker. It has the greatest 
maximum firepower, the greatest firepower per second, the greatest maximum 
capacity, and it takes up the least amount of inventory spaces. There are a few 
downsides to this gun though. First, it is truly a wide-shot gun that isn't as 
suited for long distance shooting as the regular Shotgun can be. Also, you get 
it pretty late in the game. That's why you should use my strategy of acquiring 
shotguns.

First, get the regular Shotgun in the village. Now just hang on to it until the 
Striker becomes available. Ignore the Riot Gun and just upgrade the Shotgun's 
firepower and capacity if you feel like you need to. When the Striker becomes 
available, sell the Shotgun and focus on maxing out the Striker. It is well 
worth it!

So why do I say to never buy the Riot Gun? Well, the number one reason is 
because you're going to want to save up for the Striker, so the Riot Gun is 
just a waste of money. Just look at the upgrades and the upgrade costs of the 
Riot Gun. They are almost the exact same as the Shotgun. So if you need a 
decent shotgun before the Striker becomes available (you probably will), then 
just upgrade the regular Shotgun a bit.

Let's say that you want to avoid the Striker completely though. Let's say that 
you want to keep either the Shotgun or the Riot Gun. I 
would still recommend not getting the Riot Gun. The extra turning speed and the 
two extra points of firepower are not really worth the extra 100,000 pesetas. 
The regular Shotgun has the most value per firepower (just look at the TC/FP 
stat). You could use that money for other things. Plus, wouldn't it be cool to 
use a shotgun for long distance shooting? I think so. Of course, this guide 
leaves the final call up to you. The Riot Gun does look cooler...

Actually, there is one instance that I would recommend getting the Riot Gun. If 
you want to limit yourself and only get your shotgun's firepower up to 5.0 then 
please buy the Riot Gun. It costs 32,000 pesetas, and it starts off with a 
firepower of 5.0. It costs 35,000 pesetas just to upgrade the standard Shotgun 
to that same level. So, you'll save 3,000 pesetas, and you'll get up to 10,000 
by selling your non-upgraded Shotgun. Now's that's a deal! I would like to 
thank Fernando very much for e-mailing me this information. You might do fine 
with a firepower of 5.0 until the Striker becomes available. However, if you're 
not sure, then just do as I have already advised.
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