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Cyberpunk 2077 – Weapon Guide

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Cyberpunk 2077 – Weapon Guide

Cyberpunk 2077 lets you play through the adventure as you see fit.  Want to sneak around and take out your enemies in silence?  If you’ve got to skills to pull off a stealth approach, you can be silent but deadly.  That said, lurking in the shadows and taking out adversaries without being seen can sometimes be near impossible.  One false move and you’ll find yourself right in the middle of a gunfight.  That’s why it’s important to bring some firepower of your own for some much-needed backup.

The world of Cyberpunk 2077 is absolutely flooded with heavy artillery.  From low-profile handguns to massive boomsticks, you’ll come across enough weapons in Cyberpunk 2077 to become a one-man army.  All this heavy metal can make it tough to figure out what weapon is right for a situation.  If you want to make sure you’ve got the perfect weapon for every occasion, all you have to do is follow our breakdown.

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V holding up a huge rifle during a gunfight.

This is my boomstick.

Weapon Types

Before you get into picking the right weapons for a mission, you’ll need to dig through the multiple weapon types.  Every weapon falls into one of six different categories, each with their own benefits and drawbacks.  Learning those strengths and weaknesses is paramount, as the correct weapon can get you out of any sticky situation.  

For those who like weapons that pack a punch, there’s the Power option.  These weapons have a high fire rate, but with high recoil.  For something a bit more focused on precision, there’s the low fire rate and high penetration of Tech weapons.  If you’re not the best shot in Night City, going with the guided bullets of Smart weapons might be your best bet.  If you prefer to get up-close-and-personal with your foes, the Melee option is definitely for you.  Those with an eye for the futuristic will find themselves most aligned with the Cyberware approach, which includes a number of different body mods that make you quite the killing machine.  Finally, you can ditch the actual firepower altogether and go with some classic Throwable weapons like knives and more.

In each category, there will be multiple weapons you can use to get the job done.  Each one packs different power and unique features, and they’ll also be different weights as well.  While it might be tempting to pack your loadout with the biggest and best into your backpack, you’ll soon find yourself over-encumbered.  You’re not going to stand much of a chance in shootouts if you’re so bogged down that you can’t move.  Do yourself a favor and pick a few of your favorite weapons based on the objectives for the job.  No need to take a heavy machine gun if you’re trying to sneak into a corporate office.  On the flip-side, you don’t want a silenced handgun if your mission is to take out an enemy outpost.  Pack what makes sense, and gives you the best chance at making it out alive.

V and Royce and Jackie and Dum Dum in a four way standoff (plus a Maelstrom for good measure)

Royce had to know what was coming.

Ranged, Melee, and Throwable

While there’s six different categories multiple guns can fall into, there’s three different bases for every weapon.  These bases are quite wide-ranging, and they vary wildly from one another.  Having at least one weapon in each of these base slots will ensure you’re ready for anything that comes your way.  You might have a plan for a mission, but that can go awry with one wrong dialog choice.  That’s when you call out the back-up weapons and clean up the mess you’ve made.

The base you’ll most likely spend your time in is the ranged weapon selection.  Just as with any other game, there are weapons that are meant for short-distance shooting, and those meant for taking out enemies from hundreds of yards away.  Shotguns, revolvers, and pistols are perfect for the opposition when you’re all in the same room together.  If your targets are a little farther away and more plentiful, you’ll want to switch to submachine guns, assault rifles, light, and heavy machine guns.  If you’re trying to drop your foes without getting anywhere near them, both precision and sniper rifles are the go-to option.  Again, any combination of these can be used during a mission to great effect.

Just like ranged weapons, there’s a slew of melee weapons to pick from as well.  You’ll have to get right up in the enemy’s mug to do your damage, but a few well-placed hits can drop them in an instant.  Melee weapons can start as basic as a steel pipe, and get as fancy as an elegant katana.  It probably goes without saying that you’ll want to avoid robotic enemies when it comes to melee weapons.  Sticking with opponents who are mostly flesh and blood will net you the most benefit from the melee approach.  The key is to stick and move when going melee.  Watch for an opening, land a hit on the upper body, and then dodge as they either fire back or throw some fists of their own.

Throwable weapons may be some of the most fun you can have, but they’re not really meant as a main method of taking out bad guys.  Throwables are meant to be used as a supplement to one of your other main weapons.  A well-placed grenade can stun, if not wipe out a big group of enemies, and there’s plenty to choose from.  Grenades come in flashbang, poison, frag, emp, and many other options.  There’s a mix of both offensive and defensive grenades to use, and any one of them can turn the tide of battle in your favor.  You can also mix things up with a pocket full of throwing knives to catch an enemy off guard, letting you get in a little closer to land the final blow.

V shoots Sasquatch during a fight in Pacifica.

Trading blows with Sasquatch.


As you play through Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll no doubt find some weapons you absolutely love.  For a while, they’ll be the perfect tool to get you through your missions.  Eventually though, they won’t be powerful enough to take down enemies.  Don’t worry, you won’t have to trash your weapon for something new.  It’s possible to upgrade your weapons through the versatile crafting option.

Cyberpunk 2077 is absolutely loaded with things to collect, and everything you find is useful.  Even a piece of trash can be broken down into its finer elements, which can then be used in a crafting session.  Select the weapon you want to upgrade and choose the crafting option to enhance its features.  You can make a weapon stronger, improve its rate of fire, add a sight for better range, and even alter it to fire different types of bullets.  As long as you have the right crafting materials, any weapon can be tweaked and changed to make it last a long time.  Obviously every weapon has its crafting limit, but you’ll no doubt be able to push things far beyond the base stats.

You can even break down weapons you collect to enhance your favorite guns.  If you’re not really a shotgun person, why not break down the shotguns you find in order to upgrade your machine gun or sniper rifle?  No sense in letting weapons you never use clutter your storage space.  If you can’t find the high-powered pistol you want, break down the weapons you have to build your ultimate sidearm.

The most important part of combat in Cyberpunk 2077 is to give everything a try.  You never know what type of weapon will click with you.  From the intense power of a shotgun to the satisfying punch of an incendiary round, there’s a ton of fun and variety to be had.  Don’t be afraid to branch out and dabble in weaponry you might never consider.  It could end up becoming your go-to solution when things get hairy.

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