Scattergunners are Cygnaran Trencher Commandos armed with the powerful scattergun. The dangerous task of clearing the enemy’s advance positions invariably falls to the trencher commandos. Such bases overlook the deadliest kill zones of no man’s land and bristle with vicious barbed wire, emplaced guns, and quick-shot sentries. Even the commandos, masters of covert operations, are hard pressed to neutralize these fortified concentrations of enemy troopers with their standard-issue carbines and grenades. It is in precisely such situations that scatterguns show their value.
Every trencher commando receives instruction in the use of a scattergun as part of his training, though each platoon is issued only a few of the powerful-but-cumbersome weapons. When the squad reaches an entrenched enemy position, the scattergunners prepare for action. In a synchronized effort, the bulk of the commandos overrun the position and cut down the sentries while the scattergunners fire into concentrations of the enemy. The blasts of grapeshot are unbelievably lethal in the close confines of a trench, and few survive the disfiguring wounds. A coordinated commando assault supported by grenades and scatterguns rapidly turns units of enemy of soldiers into so much ground meat.