What is a Plasma Shotgun?
Plasma Shotgun is a new shotgun introduced during the Ghostbusters 30th (Event). It has 4 ammo and costs 525 . It was described as: "The perfect marriage between between a shotgun and an energy-based weapon."
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How to use such weapon?
This weapon shoots like Automatic Shotgun: a rapid shooting without the need to pump up for each shot. The reloading time is quite short too. As a shotgun, this weapon is very effective at a close range combat, and has a very bad effective range compared to its other siblings. At a very close range combat, this weapon is capable of taking out the most tank player and even able to do one shot kill if close enough.
So, the two best strategies using this weapon are Run And Gun and Ambush. When you encountered them, once they are in your effective range, shoot. When you are at a close ranged combat, Circle around your opponent while shooting at them like how Snake Predator do.
If you want to achieve its highest potential, use your best Agility boosting gears for clothing. As you will run all across the map, you may want to use a gadget. Spotter will show you the location of each players in the match, thus giving you chance to shoot someone before you've seen them. Medikit is quite effective if you want to survive longer in the match. Stun Grenade is useful for an easier kill. Immunity Shield gives full protection for you, for only 5 seconds. Stealth, however is the best gadget you can ever use for this weapon as you can ambush others very easily (unless they use Spotter) without them noticing you, not to mention they will have a hard time to shoot their weapons at you (unless they use an explosive).
This weapon is great at a closed and small map like Sandtown, for close ranged combat. However, a huge and opened place like Royal Garden isn't suitable for it. This is due to the fact that, this weapon have a really bad effective range. Don't forget about other long ranged weapons that can easily outpowered this weapon at its range.Caution! If you ever encountered people using either Ghostbusters Jacket or A.S.P. Armor, be on your guard. This two resists Energy-Based Weapons' damage, which includes this weapon. Although, that doesn't mean they cannot be killed by this weapon. In fact, you only need more shots against them, which is not really a problem once you have mastered this weapon.
Since the Saint Patrick (Update), any player with Leprechaun's Hat, Ghostbusters Jacket and Biker Pants is totally IMMUNE to this weapon's attacks. Thus, you might want to change your weapon, or to avoid the described player.
Against other weapons?
In general, you will engage a close range combat against other weapons. This section will tell you how to get close to them and how to counter them.
Other Shotguns - If they are not moving, shoot while running towards them. If they are running towards you, you can either start shooting when they are closer and are in your effective range, or you can strafe to dodge the shot while shooting towards them.
Automatic Weapons - You will need a lot of cover when approaching them. Go around if you need to. You can always use gadgets to survive the damages or to protect yourself from harm. Please note that you must never ever run towards them directly nor in a straight line. If you do so, your resistance is futile.
Revolver - Against this weapon, you will need to take some cover as each shot inflicts high damage. When you are close to them, start shooting. Circle around and strafe around them while shooting. Never run towards them directly, as this weapon is infamous for doing headshots to those who ran directly towards them.
Flare Gun - Even though both of these weapons are excel in close range combat, this weapon has the upper hand. This weapon only requires 1 shot to kill, while the Plasma Shotgun usually requires 2 to 4 shots to kill a player. It is best to ambush them. Against them head on, is VERY risky. Strafe and circling around might help, although the chance varies depends on both users. It is recommended to stun them first. Explosives - You will need a lot of covers to get near them. Strafing can only help you decrease the damage you received from the explosion blast, and sometimes doesn't really help. Take other road to get near them. Once they are in your effective range, don't hesitate to start shooting.
Snipers - They should not be a problem unless they are very professional with it. Just keep moving and take some cover. Never run straight towards them. Strafing and circling around them is super effective!
Advantages and Disadvantages that you must know
- Nice fire rate.
- Quick reload speed.
- Can run pretty quick when equipping this weapon
- Mostly insta kills targets in close range. Also can "shut-down" other close range weapon players.
- Small ammo capacity (4 rounds).
- Inaccurate and has a bad range, inflicting weak damage towards players at medium range.
- Very expensive.
- Although It is an energy weapon, it doesn't slow people down.