The Shotgun, also known as the Bolt-Action Rifle, is a powerful armor-piercing rifle that you can have in The Last of Us Part 1.
While the rifle initially comes without a scope, it does enough damage to tear through the armor of some of the toughest enemies in the game.
A fully upgraded shotgun is what you need to kill puffies and armored humans. You can also destroy a Clicker with a single headshot.
You can also find a workshop to add a scope later if needed. Considering the amount of damage the rifle does, you just need to focus on its raw power upgrades early on.
The following guide will show you where to find the shotgun in The Last of Us Part 1.
Where to find the shotgun
You’ll be able to get your hands on the shotgun during the Outskirts chapter. After the cutscene where Tess sacrifices herself, you need to head to the second floor of the Capitol. When you reach the second level, jump across the building to pick up the shotgun from Firefly’s corpse.
Once you have a shotgun in your inventory, be sure to keep plenty of parts and tools to upgrade the weapon at the next workbench.
You can improve the reload speed and loading capacity of the long gun. You can also improve its armor-piercing shells as well as the damage done by each shot.
Always aim for the head for 100% damage. Otherwise, the rifle deals 70% damage to the body. With all upgrades, your shotgun will destroy armor in a single shot.