Both returning and new players need to go through our tips for Cyberpunk 2077 since the game has vastly changed following the famous 2.0 update.
A number of gameplay mechanics have been either changed or tweaked. Night City is also a fairly expansive and complicated location to explore, which might be too overwhelming for newcomers.
You will need to know every little basic and some tips and tricks to breeze through every gig you find on the street.
Table of Contents
- Respec or create a new character after update 2.0
- Your starting Lifepath choice does not matter
- Learn how to get skills, attributes, and perks
- You can leave missions midway and return later
- Open all locked doors with Body and Technical Ability
- Jump higher with Reinforced Tendons and Fortified Ankles
- Not every Ripperdoc has the same upgrades
- Loot everything to sell or disassemble
- Do not equip the Auto-Dismantle perk
- Some vehicles can store weapons and gear
- Skip time for mission calls
- Optional side missions change the endings
- Healing has a cooldown
- Stamina gets drained while firing weapons
- Every food and drink is the same
- Use the quick save option
Respec or create a new character after update 2.0
Following the extensive changes in Cyberpunk 2077 after the 2.0 update, we recommend doing a fresh restart on your character. This tip may seem a big negative however it’ll help you to get comfortable with the new perk system as well as the newly introduced mechanics.
If you decide to go with your existing character, the game will automatically ask you to respec them and all of your skill points will be refunded giving you an opportunity to reset your attributes and begin the game with a new character build
Your starting Lifepath choice does not matter
If you’re stuck deciding whether you want to become a street kid, Nomad, or the law-abiding Corp during your Lifepath choices, we’re here to tell you that in Cyberpunk 2077 choosing these lifepaths will not have any impact on your game other than the intro to the game and the dialogue is a bit different.
Learn how to get skills, attributes, and perks
There are three categories of abilities present in Cyberpunk 2077 which include Skills, Perks, and attributes that are intertwined with each other.
Attributes are part of your abilities that comprise 5 sections Body, Intelligence, etc that can be enhanced by earning attribute points. Skills are linked with attributes that can be leveled up by simply performing activities such as dumping dead bodies to increase your stealth and performing parkour or running to increase Athletics
Perks on the other hand are similar to attributes but they function by providing your character with passive abilities such as increasing movement speed by 5%. However, some perks in Cyberpunk 2077 require your skills to be leveled up to a certain amount to be acquired.
This can all be a bit confusing to get a hold of, however, when you go through the system yourself, you’ll be able to have a better understanding of the skill tree in Cyberpunk 2077 and make better builds. If nothing works, you always have the option to Respec your character and gain back the points to start a new build.
You can leave missions midway and return later
If you’re stuck with a mission, want to take part in some other activity happening around Night City, or are running short on supplies for the mission, you’re always free to leave the mission and return later.
The game won’t penalize you for not playing the mission, however, when you return later NPC who’ll greet you may have a cold answer for you.
Open all locked doors with Body and Technical Ability
Every now and then you’ll stumble upon locked doors all around the metropolitan city of Night City. Some of these may require door codes or passwords because they contain some rare loot which can all be yours if you have the right set of abilities to break them open.
Leveling up your body attributes will help you decimate the door by breaking it off from its hinges while the technical ability helps you be sneaky and open the door the old-fashioned way.
Note that opening locked doors will only be available if the chosen door appears red and is locked.
Jump higher with Reinforced Tendons and Fortified Ankles
Running around the streets of Night City can be a bit tiring that is we recommend having Reinforced Tendons as well as the Fortified ankles or both to have the ability to double jump or get a boost.
Both of these items are cyberware that can be bought from one of the many Ripperdocs in the City however they don’t come cheap as you’ll have to spend about 45000 Eddies to get them installed
With the Reinforced Tendons or the Fortified Ankles, taking the stairs becomes a thing of the past and results in exploring Night City more fun. They can even be used to perform a quick getaway in combat.
Not every Ripperdoc has the same upgrades
Just like Viktor, the first Ripperdoc you meet in the prologue of Cyberpunk 2077, there are 13 more Ripperdocs present inside and outside on the outskirts of Night City with their own special abilities and cyberware that can be purchased.
While saving up Eddies, it is recommended to pay the different Ripperdocs a visit to see what they have to offer and maybe you might like something.
Loot everything to sell or disassemble
One of the best tips in Cyberpunk 2077 we recommend for beginners is to loot everything that is available to them.
While scouring through an area load up your scanner to find items such as weapons, gear, and health packs that can be equipped for later use or sold off to a local vendor to make a tidy profit.
While looting items such as weapons and gear, you’re also given the option to disassemble the items and use their parts for crafting upgrades to your gear. The more you loot, the better.
Do not equip the Auto-Dismantle perk
While looting you may have found an item that can be sold to the vendor for some good money. However, if you have the auto dismantle perk active, the item will be broken down into parts and used for crafting which could result in it not having the same worth.
The tip we recommend is to break down parts manually, it could be a bit tiring process if you went on a looting spree but making a good profit from someone’s trash is the more appreciative route.
Some vehicles can store weapons and gear
Cars in Cyberpunk 2077 have the ability to store your weapons and gear in their trunk, there’s a catch as you’ll need to have ownership of the vehicle to store items.
The car’s trunk works exactly the same as the stash in your apartment that stores all the items in your inventory. It is recommended to bring your car before going into combat to help you properly gear up.
Skip time for mission calls
Many of the missions in Cyberpunk 2077 have a waiting time before an NPC contacts you to begin a mission such as the Beast in Me quest. It can get a bit frustrating to wait for the call which is why we recommend using the skip time feature in Cyberpunk 2077.
Optional side missions change the endings
Cyberpunk 2077 has multiple endings that are all affected by choices you made in several side quests. We recommend prioritizing side missions instead of the main storyline for two reasons.
Firstly, the main story is short. Secondly, doing side gigs not only improves your character but also lets you affect what ending you want to unlock. Rushing through the game’s main story is of little use.
Healing has a cooldown
Before update 2.0, players could carry a load of medical supplies and heal themselves whenever they wanted. This has changed since then.
Healing now comes with a cooldown. You have to wait for a few seconds until you can regenerate your health.
This is a great addition to the combat systems and makes it more challenging for players to survive as hoarding medical supplies wouldn’t provide any additional advantage to them.
Stamina gets drained while firing weapons
The same update 2.0 changed how stamina is used in Cyberpunk 2077. Now, firing weapons and dodging enemy attacks will also drain your stamina bar.
This was not part of the original release. Hence, returning players should note this important tip when returning to Cyberpunk 2077.
Lower stamina levels can result in getting killed by the enemies which is why we recommend keeping an eye out for your stamina bar to plan your next move
Every food and drink is the same
There is a vast amount of food and drink items available for you to consume in Cyberpunk 2077 that range from street food such as tacos to snacks such as chocolates. Any of the food items you consume will provide the same nourishment of increasing 5% max health.
The drinks on the other hand have the same concept where they increase your hydration status and regain your stamina by 10% excluding alcoholic drinks such as beer which reduces 10% of your movement speed and weapon accuracy by 50%.
Use the quick save option
Cyberpunk 2077 does feature auto-save which is quite generous enough to safeguard your progression. However, when jumping into fights or when you are about making a dialogue choice, always hit the quick-save button to reload if you change your mind afterward.