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For the shotgun in Mass Effect, see Ariake Technologies.

The M-23 Katana Shotgun is a shotgun in Mass Effect 2 and Mass Effect 3.

Mass Effect 2 Edit

ME2 SG - Katana
M-23 Katana
Type Shotgun
Location Freedom's Progress
Accuracy Low
Recoil Moderate
Fire Mode Semi-Automatic
Fire Rate 48 RPM
Reload Time 1.5 s
Damage Stats
Base Damage 27.5 (220)
Damage Multipliers Armor x1.0
Shields x1.5
Barriers x1.5
Ammunition Stats
Shots Per Clip 5
Maximum Spare Ammo Capacity Default 10
Armor Pack 11
Upgraded 20
Both 21
Ammo Pickup Amount 2 - 3

Description Edit

Common military shotgun. Deadly at short range, but ineffective at long range. Very effective versus shields and biotic barriers, but weak versus armor.

Manufactured by Ariake Technologies, the Katana is a common mercenary weapon and is also popular on colonies with Varren infestations.

Acquisition Edit

Automatically granted on Freedom's Progress if Shepard is of the Soldier or Vanguard class, or if Shepard has Shotgun advanced training.

Squad Use Edit

This weapon can be used by Grunt, Jack, Jacob and Tali.

Player Notes Edit

  • With the availability of the M-22, the M-23 Katana is essentially obsolete from the beginning of the game.
  • That being said, the Katana may still be preferred by Vanguards and Soldiers with shotgun-oriented playstyles due to its larger clip size (which is a major drawback for the Eviscerator) and its traditional, superior performance against shields and biotic barriers.

Mass Effect 3 Edit

Trivia Edit

  • The appearance is somewhat similar to the alternate shotgun in Mass Effect.
  • The Katana is likely named after a type of sword.
  • The Katana shotgun has a unique draw and holster sound-effect. Instead of hearing the weapon "assembling" itself - as heard when drawing and holstering all other weapons in Mass Effect 3 - the Katana shotgun will sound like a katana blade being (un-)sheathed.
Mass Effect 2 Weapons
Heavy Pistols M-3 PredatorM-6 CarnifexM-5 Phalanx
Submachine Guns M-4 ShurikenM-9 TempestM-12 Locust
Shotguns M-23 KatanaM-27 ScimitarM-300 ClaymoreM-22 EvisceratorGeth Plasma Shotgun
Assault Rifles M-8 AvengerM-15 VindicatorGeth Pulse RifleM-76 RevenantCollector Assault RifleM-96 Mattock
Sniper Rifles M-92 MantisM-97 ViperM-98 WidowM-29 Incisor
Heavy Weapons M-100 Grenade LauncherML-77 Missile LauncherM-622 AvalancheM-920 CainCollector Particle BeamM-490 BlackstormM-451 FirestormArc Projector
Mass Effect 3 Weapons
Heavy Pistols M-3 PredatorM-5 PhalanxM-6 CarnifexM-11 SuppressorM-77 PaladinM-358 TalonAcolyteArc PistolExecutioner PistolN7 EagleScorpion
Submachine Guns M-4 ShurikenM-9 TempestM-12 LocustM-25 HornetBlood Pack Punisher
Collector SMGGeth Plasma SMGN7 Hurricane
Shotguns M-11 WraithM-22 EvisceratorM-23 KatanaM-27 ScimitarM-300 ClaymoreAT-12 RaiderDiscipleGeth Plasma ShotgunGraal Spike ThrowerN7 CrusaderN7 PiranhaReegar CarbineVenom Shotgun
Assault Rifles M-7 LancerM-8 AvengerM-15 VindicatorM-37 FalconM-55 ArgusM-76 RevenantM-96 MattockM-99 SaberAdas Anti-Synthetic RifleCerberus HarrierChakram LauncherCollector RifleGeth Pulse RifleGeth SpitfireN7 TyphoonN7 ValkyrieParticle RiflePhaestonStriker Assault Rifle
Sniper Rifles M-13 RaptorM-29 IncisorM-90 IndraM-92 MantisM-97 ViperM-98 WidowBlack WidowCollector Sniper RifleJavelinKishock Harpoon GunKrysae Sniper RifleN7 Valiant
Heavy Weapons M-451 FirestormM-560 HydraM-597 LadonM-920 CainCobra Missile LauncherGeth Combat SoftwareGeth SpitfireReaper BlackstarSync Laser

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