A Shoota is a kinetic, ballistic weapon used by the Orks that is chosen not for its efficiency but for the amount of noise it makes and the amount of damage it can do. The best Shootas are deafening and deadly in equal measure. Like the Slugga, Shootas are not very accurate. This suits the Orks just fine since they seem less interested in accuracy than in causing damage and raising a ruckus. The noise of a Shoota will give Orks a morale boast and can cause enemies to lose their morale and retreat from the overpowering noise of dozens of Shootas. None the less, mobs of Shoota Boyz make up for their lack of accuracy with the sheer volume of fire directed at their targets.
Shootas are the Ork equivalent to Space Marine Bolters. Essentially a machine gun (most even look like early World War I machine guns), the Shoota is the weapon any Ork looks at getting when he wants "moar dakka". Mobs of Slugga Boyz will often have a few Boyz armed with Shootas to add a little extra sting, but entire mobs of Shoota Boyz are also common; footslogging across the field sending torrents of bullets at any enemy in range. An Ork mob may trade in their Sluggas and Choppas for a Shoota if the technology and materials are available.
A Big Shoota is a loud, heavy, large-calibre machine gun that bucks and sparks when the trigger is pulled. Quite simply it is a larger caliber Shoota, and has a greater range and damage potential compared to a Shoota. A Big Shoota is also commonly fitted with an attached bayonet for melee. A Big Shoota has twice the range of a regular Shoota. Big Shootas are also less prevalent on the battlefield, as on average there is only one Ork armed with a Big Shoota for every 10 Orks in a mob, up to an average of 3 Big Shootas in a mob of 30 Ork Boyz.
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