Able to be dual-wielded and very powerful at close range, the WSTE-M5 Combat Shotgun fires two shotgun shells at a time and reloads by using ring-like trigger guards to spin the guns.
The WSTE-M5 Combat Shotgun can be used to trigger switches and destroy circuit panels
Vacuum and Underwater Edit
This weapon cannot be fired underwater, but is vacuum-capable.
"While going through some data I appropriated from the Marathon (looking for design notes, of course) I stumbled across a reference to a weapon used by Imperialist forces against the insurrectionists during the Ares Raid; July 14, 2444. (Never heard of it? I’m not surprised!) Many years of loving craftsmanship went into the design and construction of this brutal tool of mayhem, I hope you can appreciate that. I won’t waste my time trying to explain the loading mechanism to you -- your primitive mind could never grasp its complex nature."
- from Marathon 2 manual
- The shotgun was originally scheduled to make its appearance in Bungie's Marathon 20/10 Scenario Pack, but made its way into Marathon 2 when that product was cancelled.
- Its playstyle would eventually inspire the creation of the Brute Mauler in Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST (although it is more true to its original playstyle in the former).
- The design of the shotgun and its reloading animation seems to imply that it is both a lever-action and a break-action weapon.