Shotgun Expert achievement in Mass Effect

Shotgun Expert

Register 150 Shotgun Kills

Shotgun Expert0
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How to unlock the Shotgun Expert achievement

  • Crimson DrifterCrimson Drifter886,852
    28 Aug 2008 03 Sep 2008
    42 0 5
    Starting out Shotguns are not very good weapons, they have horrible accuracy and overheat in a handful of shots.

    I recommend saving up for the Spectre Gear Shotgun, which has tremendous accuracy and doesn't overheat as often. Pair this with upgrades that improve stability / accuracy and attack power, along with some beefy ammunition (I prefer Polonium Rounds).

    By end game with that setup you can pull off long range shots and kill most regular enemies in 1 to 2 shots (for normal difficulty).

    Note: Shotgun kills carry over all games

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    ItsThrillhouseRelated question...anybody know if the kills that my squad registers with shotguns count towards my total, or does it have to be Shepard?
    Posted by ItsThrillhouse on 27 Nov 10 at 15:40
    Crimson DrifterI believe it must be done by you, squad kills don't count.
    Posted by Crimson Drifter on 09 Apr 11 at 20:51
    Solario32Spectre shotgun ftw.
    Posted by Solario32 on 30 Oct 11 at 23:25
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  • KirkSadlerKirkSadler321,868
    07 Jul 2010 07 Jul 2010
    23 1 3
    For all of the achievements related to number of kills, I suggest getting the Pinnacle Station downloads and just go for the "Hunt" or "Time Trial" modes again and again until you get the achievements. For the "Time Trial" you basically get 20 free kills, so get all of your weapon achievements that way.
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    B1ueSeptemberGreat advice; I got three kills achievements in half an hour on a single Capture mission. Thanks a lot!
    Posted by B1ueSeptember on 08 Sep 11 at 12:09
    Menacing ScarabMy question is: do you have to choose new mission when replaying the time trial over and over or can you just hit restart last mission? I only ask because I have gone through time trial on warehouse enough times to amount to 160 kills and it still hasn't popped for me, but I have been using the restart last mission. I also leave my partners at the start of the map so they won't be stealing my kills from me
    Posted by Menacing Scarab on 09 Feb 12 at 20:14
    Menacing ScarabNvm, I retract my question, the achievement finally popped up for me. I must have been killing enough of them with my biotic powers to cause it to not be a shotgun kill.
    Posted by Menacing Scarab on 09 Feb 12 at 20:35
  • Skeptical MarioSkeptical Mario1,101,298
    04 Dec 2013 19 Dec 2013
    16 0 0
    Disclaimer: Kills carry over across all saves, and you don't have to save for them to count. This solution is for people who just want to grind the achievement as quickly as possible, even if untrained in Shotguns. You must have command of the Normandy before you can follow this solution.

    Killing friendly critters counts towards your kills. Go to the planet Eletania (in the Hercules system of Attican Beta) where you will find several colonies of little monkey aliens. Simply drive up to one in the Mako, save your game, and shoot each of the monkeys with your shotgun of choice. When they're all dead, reload your save and repeat.

    There are about ten monkeys in each colony, so you'll need to do this fifteen times at most. Note that there are poisonous toxins in the atmosphere that will eventually kill you, but you should be able to get all the monkeys before then.
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