Mantis Blades are a set of cyberware blades in Cyberpunk 2077. They are classy, lethal, and fair to say, weapons that enhance your play style. You can never go wrong with a pair of mechanical blades coming out of your character’s arms.
The Mantis Blades come with mods and perk upgrades which are a cherry on top for the players. If you love slicing and dicing your enemies all around the map then these blades are just the ones for you.
How to get Mantis Blades in Cyberpunk 2077
Luckily, there is more than one way to attain the Mantis Blades. You have the option to buy it from the RipperDocs or go grab it for free.
Mantis Blades become available to purchase after level 10 which are the base level blades. Upon every increase of 10 levels, the rarity of the blades available on RipperDocs also increases.
Free legendary Mantis Blade location
The good thing is that you can get a free legendary Mantis Blade early in the game. Do note that this free variant is not much different than the ones you can buy from the Ripperdocs, but why waste money on something you can get for free?
One thing to be aware of, there are two places where you can get the free versions of Mantis Blades in Cyberpunk 2077.
One is by taking out Melissa Rory at the Jinguji clothing store at the City Centre when doing a side mission. While executing the mission, you will have to fight a cyberpsycho and later on, a MaxTac Lieutenant (Melissa Rory) arrives who has the MaxTac Mantis Blades installed in her cyberware.
Defeat her to pick up the blades from her body but this will activate a 5-star bounty for you which means death. Players have used evasion tactics and other methods to quickly kill her, retrieve the blades, and make a run for it to a vendor.
When you start talking to the vendor, you automatically evade the bounty. The only benefit of this Maxtac Mantis Blade is that it heals you if you kill an enemy with bleeding.
For the other free Mantis Blade, make your way to the City Centre to the specific location near the roundabout as shown below with the white circle.
Approach the building left of the yellow 09 building with the name ‘Night City’. Walk towards the left side of the main stairs all the way to the back where you’ll see an open entrance.
As you approach the entrance you’ll get a call from Regina about a cyberpsycho that you must take down. The cyberpsycho will be inside that entrance. You can either kill the cyberpsycho or you can walk towards the right side towards a box.
In the box, you will find the Mantis Blades and some other rare items. Pick them up, and make your way to the nearest RipperDoc to install them in your cyberware.
Mantis Blade mods and where to find them
You have to upgrade the blades to legendary so that you have three mod slots available. You can apply four different mods: physical, thermal, electric, and chemical damage effects on your Mantis Blade.
The only downside is that it can only be one effect at a time and you have to get the effect installed/ changed via a ripperdoc.
You can find one of the four mods at random ripperdocs throughout the game. But let’s close down to specific positions for each effect mod:
The physical mod for the Mantis Blades deals simple damage without any effect in Cyberpunk 2077. When you first unlock the blades it’s likely you’ll already have a physical mod equipped.
Plus it’s the dullest out of the four so players try to get their hands on Electrical mod, Thermal mod, or Chemical mod as soon as possible.
To find an electric mod for your Mantsi Blade, head on over to the City Centre and then to the Ripperdoc located at this point.
He will surely have an Electrical mod waiting to be bought.
This is the coolest mod out of the bunch if you’re running Mantis Blades because it’s not just the thermal damage, it’s the look of the weapon as well that captivates the eyes.
Head over to the Ripperdoc at Watson to get this mod. The image below shows the location of the Ripperdoc.
To find the Chemical mod for your Mantis Blades, go to WestBrook and to this specific Ripperdoc
Once reached, you can purchase/trade the mod and get it installed at the same point once it reaches your inventory.
How to use Mantis Blades in Cyberpunk 2077
You already know the answer to this: go crazy. But in all honesty, it’s not just about acquiring the Mantis Blades. You can attach mods onto your blades apart from the damage effect mods.
You can also upgrade the rarity of your blades and also apply perk benefits to your blades. Since they are considered as blades, you can utilize the blade-specific sub-tree of Reflex for these beauties.
A quick tip for beginners: As you start the game, Head to the Night City building to retrieve the free Mantis Blades (explained above) and unlock the Reflex attribute with your initial attribute points to spend perk points on blade-specific perks. You will definitely enjoy the game after that.
Apart from the Blades perks, since the release of Phantom Liberty in Cyberpunk 2077, you now have a couple of perks dedicated to Mantis Blades only in Relics. There are also unique perks for Gorilla Arms and Monowire as well.
In combat, surely the Gorilla Arms, Monowire, Katana, and Mantis Blades have their own specifications but you can never go wrong with blades on either side of your hands as you go for devastating blows and lethal slices on your enemies.