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I was looking at the legendary weapon effects wikia page and came to the two shot entry. It says that it "fires an additional projectile." I remembered that I recently found a two shot combat shotgun. Does its prefix mean that it fires one more pellet or twice the pellets when compared to a normal combat shotgun?

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Well, let's put the speculations aside and test it experimentally!

If we compare two identical stock double-barrel shotgun (With a long barrel) in our inventory, we can see that the predicted damage for the shotgun with Two-Shot is already twice the damage of the standard shotgun:

Expected damage comparison

If we test it point-blank on a gentle Deathclaw, we can observe the real damage difference between the two shots, which is just over 2x:

Live Damage comparison

The slight difference can be explained by the pellets spread. I tried to reduce it to the maximum by using the Long Barrel mod and having my character placed at the exact same spot, doing a Body shot in VATS

So, in conclusion, Two-Shot will fire twice the amount of pellets from a shotgun doing correctly twice the damage.

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+1 for testing. I love seeing tests. – Nelson Jan 11 at 5:38
The displayed 0 accuracy on the two-shot one is a little disturbing :/ – Autar Jan 11 at 9:07
@Autar Yeah it troubled me to. I double checked yesterday in a weapons workbench and the only difference is really only the Two-Shot mod. No idea why it's impacting the accuracy like that. – Pierre-Luc Pineault Jan 11 at 14:07
@Pierre-LucPineault Because reduced accuracy is a property of the two shot legendary mod. I'm have a modified description, but IIRC it is stated in vanilla too (though in less detail). – Affine Jan 11 at 21:51
@Affine Ah, your're right, on the wiki the description is indeed "Fires an additional projectile. Decrease in accuracy". However going from 34 to 0 is a little intense haha – Pierre-Luc Pineault Jan 11 at 22:12

Does its prefix mean that it fires one more pellet or twice the pellets when compared to a normal combat shotgun?

Per your link to the Wikia:

The Two shot modifier makes the weapon fire an additional projectile while still using only 1 ammo and at slightly reduced accuracy.

This means that 2 rounds will be expended. Here are some examples that will help answer your question:

  • If you have 10 pellets from a shotgun cartridge, 20 will be fired instead.

  • If you have 1 slug fired from a shotgun, 2 will be fired for 1 trigger pull.

  • If the two shot was on a hunting rifle, instead of 1 bullet leaving the barrel, 2 will be sent downrange.

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More specifically what I mean is that, in the quote, its usage of the word "projectile" leaves it ambiguous as to whether it means an additional cartridge or an additional pellet, as both could be considered projectiles. Which is where my confusion is coming from. – Nobody Jan 10 at 18:58
A pellet is not considered a cartridge or bullet. Knowing the cartridge is what is doubled I think that rules out ambiguity. – Iancnorden Jan 10 at 21:08

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