There are hundreds of different types of weapons to be used in Cyberpunk 2077, including Ranged, Melee, Tech weapons, Cyberware, and Grenades. We will only discuss Melee weapons you can use to wreak havoc in Cyberpunk 2077 while still having style and fun.
There are five types of Melee weapons differing in rarity: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, and Legendary. Melee Weapons are short-range weapons that cannot deliver projectiles as the weapon itself is the projectile.
If we go deep into the types of Melee weapons, there are Axes, Hammers, Katana, Knives, Machetes, One-Handed Clubs, and Two-Handed Clubs, basically something for everyone.
But despite so many options, not all will fit your build so we have compiled a detailed guide ranking the best Melee weapons in Cyberpunk 2077. Let’s get into which weapons can get you the best results and how you can add them to your arsenal.
Best melee weapons and their locations in Cyberpunk 2077
The melee weapons in Cyberpunk 2077 come in two main combat styles. You can either slash your opponents or beat enemy groups with a blunt force weapon.
The choice will depend entirely on your skills, build, and playstyle. If you are looking for some good recommendations, here are our picks for the best melee weapons in Cyberpunk 2077 and how you can get your hands on them.
10. Caretaker’s Spade
The Caretaker’s Spade is a two-handed Club in Cyberpunk 2077 that looks like a half-broken shovel. The Caretaker’s Spade name and appearance is actually an Easter egg from The Witcher 3 where it was wielded by a monstrosity called The Caretaker.
Its special or Iconic effect is that it boosts health regeneration by 100% after you hit an enemy with it. It has 3 Legendary Mod Slots available so you can definitely customize it to your liking.
With decent damage and attack speed, paired with 25% Armor Penetration and Stun Chance, it is a great choice for those looking to ease themselves into melee combat.
Location: You will find the Caretaker’s Spade during the Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door mission while inside the Arasaka Tower. It will be leaning on a rock in the central area of the Jungle Floor, near the guards.
9. Blue Fang
Blue Fang throwing knife is one of the most fun melee weapons in Cyberpunk 2077 and is easily recognizable from its distinct blue appearance. The reason it ranks 9th on the list is because of its single-target nature, making it a good pick for elite enemies but not the most desirable one for crowd control.
Blue Fang can easily make up for its shortcomings with its amazing Iconic effect. With an increased chance to poison and stun enemies, Blue Fang can also deal increased chemical damage.
It will attack stunned targets every 1-3 seconds and can also apply stun instantly to enemies when out of combat. Being packed with utility and with its cool blue appearance, it is hard not to test your throwing skills just to see it in action.
Location: Blue Fang melee weapon in Cyberpunk 2077 is purchased from the Jackson Plain’s Weapon Vendor. She is northeast of the Tango Tors Motel fast travel point in Badlands, next to her white van across the river.
The Stinger is a simple-looking knife but is one of the strongest knife-type melee weapons in Cyberpunk 2077 thanks to its high attack speed and base damage.
Its Effect puts a 30% poison application chance and increases chemical damage to an already strong weapon making it one of the strongest knives in the game. The only thing holding it back is its short range but melee builds are all about getting up close and personal with the enemy anyway.
Location: You will actually get this amazing melee weapon in Cyberpunk 2077 for free as a gift from Mitch after completing the I’ll Fly Away mission from Panam’s storyline.
The Scalpel Katana is an operating system-focused melee weapon in Cyberpunk 2077. It deals electrical damage with a 10% chance of applying shock on enemies.
Its main source of power, however, comes from the second half of the effect. Activating the Sandevistian operating system makes your attacks apply bleed alongside shock and increases Crit Chance by 50%.
With its surgical precision and elemental damage, you can take the edge on your enemies before they have a chance to react.
Location: You can get the Scalpel as a reward for completing the Big In Japan side mission by Dennis alongside some Eurodollars. To start the job, you must talk to Dennis in the Afterlife club at Little China in Watson.
6. Gold-Plated Baseball Bat
The Gold Plated Baseball Bat is a Two-handed Club and is the second blunt weapon to make the best Cyberpunk 2077 melee weapons list.
This beautiful golden bat is more than just looks with its extremely high damage output and astonishingly quick attack speed.
The Effect increases the chance of applying Bleed by 80% with a 25% chance to apply Stun on enemies. The golden spiked bat packs a mean punch with a flare of glory considering it once belonged to a Samurai.
Location: You can get the Gold Plated Baseball Bat in Cyberpunk 2077 during the Second Conflict mission. Denny will throw the weapon in the pool while arguing with Henry which you need to resolve. Regardless of whose side you pick, you will be able to grab the Gold Plated Bat for yourself.
5. Satori Katana
The Satori is a traditional-looking katana with a sharp blade and humble appearance. Don’t be fooled by its appearance as it has an Iconic effect that is like no other.
Though its base damage is nothing exceptional, its Effect increases the Crit Damage by 500% reducing its already medium base damage by 20%. The low base damage limits its exceptional Effect so adding the right mods will make it a force to be reckoned with.
The Satori Katana is not only one of the best melee weapons but also one of the best Katanas in Cyberpunk 2077.
Location: You can find the Satori Katana melee weapon in Cyberpunk 2077 at Arasaka Tower during The Heist mission. Once you reach the roof, you will need to take out the guards and grab Satori katana from Saburo’s flying car parked on top.
The Jinchu-Maru is one of the most satisfying melee weapons in Cyberpunk 2077 because not only is it earned but its passive and animations make it worth it.
The Iconic Effect of Jinchu-Maru Katana doubles the damage dealt to enemies with twice as much health as you.
Upon activating the Kerenzikov Cyberware, your Crit Chance is increased to 100% and further doubles the damage of your last strike in the attack combo. This ability only has a 5-second cooldown, giving you negligible downtime on the exceptional damage it is able to dish out.
Location: You can loot the Jinchu-Maru katana from Sandayu Oda’s body after defeating him in the boss fight during the Play It Safe mission in Cyberpunk 2077.
3. Sasquatch’s Hammer
The Sasquatch’s Hammer is another heavy Two-handed Club but is one of the strongest hitting melee weapons in Cyberpunk 2077.
Its Iconic Effect adds a 30% knockdown chance on Fast Attack which is raised to 50% on Strong Attacks. It trades 66% of an already slow attack speed for a 200% boost on base damage.
It is a Very Heavy weapon which makes it a bit slow to use but its insane damage output compensates accordingly for it. The slow playstyle might not be for everyone so the quick combo lovers should definitely check out our top 2 ranked melee weapons in Cyberpunk 2077 list.
Location: The Sasquatch’s Hammer can be looted from the Sasquatch during the I Walk The Line mission in Cyberpunk 2077. You can either grab the Hammer from its body while in stealth or just loot it after defeating the beast.
It can also be purchased after the I Walk The Line quest from Herold, the Black Market Vendor in the EBM Petrochem Stadium at Dogtown.
2. Byakko Katana
The Byakko Katana would have been top of the best melee weapon ranks in Cyberpunk 2077 if not for the first place. The damage and attack speed is nothing short of the best in the game with its passive playing into charged attacks, you will be able to slash even the most powerful of enemies.
The Effect increases the chance of applying bleed to enemies by 15% and increases the melee range by 1 meter. It also allows you to leap towards enemies, quickly closing the distance between you two, and giving you ample time to deal with a surprise attack.
Location: To get your hands on Byakko Katana, you need to complete the Professional Widow mission in Cyberpunk 2077. To obtain the mission, you need to first complete all of the Gigs provided by Wakako Okada in Westbrook.
1. Errata (Thermal Katana)
The Errata Katana is on the top of our best melee weapons in Cyberpunk 2077 list because not only does it have exceptional damage but also has the coolest appearances out of all melee weapons in the game.
The Errata, like the Byakko, allows you to leap towards enemies but its Effect also applies Burn on enemies. All your subsequent attacks will have increased Crit Damage while setting them on fire again to maintain the Burn effect.
With the ability to deal massive damage in quick bursts and the extremely fun and quick playstyle, you might just never put the Errata down again.
Location: You can grab Errata (Thermal Katana) in Cyberpunk 2077 during the Disasterpiece mission while rescuing Evelyn with Judy from a warehouse. It is on the edge of the huge furnace in the basement of the warehouse, so you can get your hands on it pretty early in the game for free.
Best melee build 2.0 in Cyberpunk 2077
The Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 Update has completely changed the melee combat scene with the revamped Skill Trees making them viable options during end-game content.
Body Skill Tree like Wrecking Ball, Quake, and Finisher: Savage Fling are now essential for all melee players of Night City.
Quake adds a ground slam dealing AoE damage, Finisher: Savage Fling allows you to recover health and throw light enemies while Wrecking Ball reduces your stamina consumption.
If you have been struggling with health then grabbing a few more health regen skills like Pain Killer and Comeback Kid will help you sustain your HP while fighting up close and personal with the enemies.
If you are a Katana enjoyer, the Reflexes Skill Tree has a lot of great options to pick from. The Finisher: Bladerunner reduces your Stamina consumption and gives you a cool-looking finishing move.
Lead and Steel gives you the ability to deflect and block enemy bullets, and lastly Slaughter House pairs with Lead and Steel and applies bleed to enemies whose bullets you deflected.
For mobility, we recommend Dash, Air Dash, and Tailwind which will provide you with a form of dodging and quickly jumping towards your target.
For Cyberware, getting the Militech Beserk, Dense Marrow, Reinforced Tendons, and Titanium Bones will provide you with all the damage boost and damage reduction you need.