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Back 4 Blood shotgun build - the cards you need to equip

Looking to go all guns blazing against the Ridden with a shotgun? Here is the best Best 4 Blood shotgun build to help you along.

Back 4 Blood shotgun build: Evangelo, Holly, and Walker prep in a safe room

02/02/2023 Developer Turtle Rock Studios has discontinued support for Back 4 Blood, though it is still playable.

In Back 4 Blood it’s pretty good practice to vary the types of weaponry your team uses to ensure everyone has enough ammo to get them through the level in one piece. Shotgun players are usually the ones who like to get up close, and personal, so if you’re looking for something that packs a punch, this Back 4 Blood shotgun build is for you.

This Back 4 Blood shotgun build uses some of the best Back 4 Blood cards to create a deck that is devastating against the Ridden. If you’re sick of doing small chunks of damage to an Ogre or a Breaker, then this build should change the way you play.

Of course, the beauty of this deck means you’re not necessarily tied to any of the Back 4 Blood characters, allowing you to pick and choose the one that best suits the team’s overall goals. Characters like Walker, Hoffman, and Karlee complement the cards well, but realistically you can pick anyone you want.

With that in mind, here is the best Back 4 Blood shotgun build and all 15 cards you’ll need to equip to make your presence known online.

Best Back 4 Blood shotgun build

As mentioned above, this Back 4 Blood shotgun build isn’t built with any specific character in mind. It is, however, built to make the character of your choice tanky as you progress through each of the four acts.

Here are the best cards for this Back 4 Blood shotgun build:

  • Buckshot Bruiser
  • Shell Carrier
  • Silver Bullets
  • Numb
  • Reckless Strategy
  • Mag Coupler
  • Killer’s Instinct
  • Hyper-Focused
  • Motorcycle Helmet
  • True Grit
  • Ammo Stash
  • Breakout
  • Scattergun Skills
  • Ammo Pouch
  • Ridden Slayer

Back 4 Blood shotgun build: Cleaners get ready to jump through a collapsed ceiling while firing at zombies.

These 15 cards make you a valuable asset to the team. Many of the cards increase weakspot damage, such as Ridden Slayer, Reckless, and Hyper-Focus, but they do so at the cost of movement speed and ADS.

In fact, with Mag Coupler, which increases reload speed, you’ll lose the ability to aim down your sights. This isn’t particularly harmful since your job is to fill the horde with pellets, but you can switch it out if you want to.

However, it’s worth noting that Buckshot Bruiser gives you one temporary health point for every pellet that hits a Ridden. This is so useful when you’ve triggered a door alarm or a horde since it’ll allow you to maintain health, even if you’re surrounded. Together with increased weakspot damage, this Back 4 Blood shotgun build makes you an absolute tank.

So there you have it, our best Back 4 Blood shotgun build. This build can be used with pretty much any character, but if you’re looking for something different, check out our Back 4 Blood Holly build and our Back 4 Blood Hoffman build while you’re here.