Shadowgun Legends Android and iOS guide - Every weapon style in the game

Posted by Harry Slater on March 26th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Shadowgun Legends is, quite frankly, a brilliant game. If you've not read our review yet, you can check it out by clicking this link right here. Because we're a bit in love with it, we thought it'd be a good idea to share some of the tricks we've picked up while playing the game. That's where these guides come in. We're going to break down the game, show you what's what, as well as explaining what some of the mechanics do. First up though, we're going to look at the different types of weapons in the game.

Primary weapons

These are your bread and butter. Ammo for them is plentiful, and you're going to find yourself using them more often than any of the other weapons, unless you're chasing a specific challenge, or you just really like sniping. There are three different types in the game, so let's look a bit closer at them.

  • Shotgun- Shotguns are close range weapons, they let you take big chunks of damage out of your foes in a single shot. But, their range is limited. That means that at a distance you're going to be at a disadvantage. Shotguns also don't fire as quickly as the other guns on the list. However, because of their wide spread, you'll often find that your accuracy rating is much higher when you're using a shotgun than the other primaries.
  • Auto-Rifle - These are mid-range weapons that are sort of a jack-of-all-trades. They're accurate, fast firing, and give you more control than the other primaries. They also hold a larger magazine than a shotgun, as you might expect. Their range is better, but you sacrifice some damage-dealing up close for that. The reload times of Auto-Rifles are usually longer than for the shotgun too. So if you're in a tight spot, it's sometimes worth swapping out to your secondary or pistol.
  • SMG - The SMG does what you expect. It's not as versatile as the Auto-Rifle, and it has a habit of being horribly inaccurate. But it makes up for that in the sheer amount of bullets you're spraying out of it. It's definitely the choice for anyone who favours the pepper-pot technique of making sure you leave everything in a level with at least one hole in it. Again, it has a longer reloading time than the shotgun, and its balance problems mean that it's not as good at longer ranges as the Auto-Rifle. But, like I say, it fires a stream of hot death that the other guns can't compete with.

Secondary weapons

Again, there are three different types of secondary weapon in Shadowgun Legends. Unlike your primary weapons, secondary weapons aren't set to autofire, so if you switch out to one of them, remember to get your thumb onto that button sharpish. Let's look at the different types.

  • Rocket Launcher - A big, blunt object of a weapon. You won't get many rockets for it, and the reload time is super slow. But, it can do a massive amount of damage once you manage to get some shots out. Don't be too close to where they land though, or you'll hurt yourself as well.
  • Sniper Rifle - This is the game's long range option. It lets you take out foes from a long way away. It doesn't do as much damage as the Rocket Launcher, but its distance capabilities, and the fact you'll get more ammo, make it pretty damn useful. Take your time, get those head shots, and the Sniper Rifle will reward your faith.
  • Machine Gun - The mid-to-close-range option in your secondary weapon slot. It doesn't have the destructive power of the Rocket Launcher, but it won't blow you up if you're shooting something stood right next to you. And while it doesn't have the range of the Sniper Rifle, you'll get more bullets, and the reload time is much slower.


Your third weapon is the pistol. There's only one type of these, although the different pistols you find and buy can have different attributes. The pistol is very much a weapon of last resort. It's got infinite ammo, but the damage it does is minuscule compared to your primary weapons. If you're out of ammo, it'll do at a pinch, but you should swap out to something with more of a kick as soon as the opportunity arises.

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