Shotguns in AVA require a bit of skill and tactical thinking to be effective. However, once you learn how to handle them, they are a lot of fun to play with! Blasting away your enemies with a few well aimed shots, is just plain awesome! So if you feel like playing with a shottie, read on for some tips.
1. Consider the shotgun to be a sniper rifle at short range. Take a second to aim before actually shooting, if you don't, you will notice that a lot of your blasting power will just be wasted.
2. Due to its short distance of effective range, avoid long and open spaces. Get near narrow spaces narrow in order to take full advantage of the power of the shotgun.
3. Play tactical! For example, you can lure someone to follow you then quickly turn around and wait behind a corner to surprise your foe. Camping near a narrow passway can also get you massacring in no time!
4. At medium range and when encountering multiple opponents, always try to aim at the heads. You will be amazed how quickly opponents can fall to the ground, due to sheer shotgun damage and the spreading of the pellets. Because of this, you can also take out multiple opponents if aimed properly.
Well that's it for the tips, for the rest I'd like to add: "Practice makes perfect!" so maybe its best to use it in AI channel modes first.