Cyberpunk 2077 Damage Types & Status Effects Explained

Buffs and Debuffs.

There are several ways to deal damage in Cyberpunk 2077 where different damage types can apply different status effects for various buffs or debuffs.

What you are going to be looking for is getting positive status effects. These are mostly obtained through consumables, and give you an edge in combat. The negative effects, on the other hand, can limit your combat efficiency.

Similar to damage types, status effects go both ways as well; as you can apply debuffs on enemies and vice versa.

Understanding the damage types in Cyberpunk 2077

You can inflict four different types of damage in Cyberpunk 2077 based on the weapon you have and your build of choice. Each damage type has pros and cons and we’ll be looking at all of them in detail throughout this guide. It should be noted that damage types and status effects are two different things.


Arms Cyberware, such as Gorilla Arms, provides physical damage as the default damage. Melee and Ranged Weapons, like the Baseball Bat and Liberty, are also prone to this type of damage.


You can get a Poison effect from Chemical Damage. Chemical resistance reduces chemical damage. This damage type can be quite challenging to deal with.


It’s possible to get a Shock effect when you deal Electrical damage. EMPs can also be caused by electrical damage. Electrical resistance reduces electrical damage.


Thermal Damage can apply a Burn effect, which slowly deals Thermal damage. You can reduce thermal damage by utilizing Thermal Resistance.

Positive Status Effects (Buffs)


You can drink coffee either from the Corpo Plaza Apartment or the Glen Apartment. In addition to increasing maximum stamina by 25%, both will increase regeneration rate by 30%. After an hour, the effects wear off.


If you drink a refreshing beverage, your maximum stamina will increase by 10% and your stamina regeneration rate will increase by 50% for 450 seconds. The Innovation perk increases this duration by 50%.


When you eat a nourishing meal, your maximum health increases by 5% and you regenerate 0.5% of your health per second. With the Innovation perk, you can extend it by 50%.


A refreshing shower in an apartment allows you to regenerate your health for an hour during combat. Instead of increasing your regeneration rate, the Regeneration will increase your regeneration threshold and your regeneration rate by 20%.


Sleeping in an apartment bed increases your Skills experience by 20% for one hour. As a result of sleeping, you may lose benefits from other buffs due to time forwarding.

Negative Status Effects (Debuffs)


Physical damage can cause bleeding, which is inflicted by various weapons. A Bleed-afflicted target receives Physical damage over a short period, is incapable of sprinting, and is unable to jump high.


A Device Quickhack or an X-22 Flashbang Grenade can cause Blind. When a target is blind, their vision is temporarily impaired, making it harder for them to detect enemies and move.


The Overheat Quickhack, exploding barrels, and various weapons are capable of inflicting burn. Thermal damage is dealt to targets afflicted by Burn in a short amount of time.


Those who have been shot in their limbs can become crippled. A crippled person’s combat and movement abilities are severely limited based on the limbs that have been injured.


If the player consumes any alcoholic beverage, he or she becomes Drunk, causing movement speed to decrease by 10% and weapons accuracy to decrease by 50% for 30 seconds.


When an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) strikes Mechs, Drones, and Robots, they are temporarily crippled or severely reduced in combat effectiveness while also receiving additional damage. Engineering Perk Tree’s Bladerunner Perk increases this bonus.


As a result of Exhaustion, Stamina-based actions like dodge range, jump height, sprint speed, and melee attack speed are reduced.


When Blunt melee weapons or Gorilla Arms hit a target, they will knock them down onto the ground, revealing their weaknesses.


You inflict Poison on enemies through Chemical Damage. Any poisoned enemy will take damage over time for a short duration. This is especially effective against armored enemies. Poison also reduces their movement speed for the same duration.


Gorilla Arms and Blunt melee weapons deal stuns. A Stun immobilizes a target, leaving them vulnerable temporarily.

How to check your Status Effect icons in Cyberpunk 2077

If you are affected by a status effect, you will see its icon appear next to your health bar in Cyberpunk 2077. The HUD icons, however, do not mention what kind of status effects you have or their durations.

Unless you can recognize status effects from their icons, which new players are unlikely to do, there is a way to check what status effects your character has and for how long.

What you need to do is bring up your weapon wheel menu. This pauses the game and tells you what each status effect icon means in Cyberpunk 2077.

You will also get to see their duration and decide your next course of action such as whether you want to use a consumable to remove any negative debuffs.

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