Cyberpunk Hacking Explained and Breach Protocol Tips – Cyberpunk 2077 Wiki Guide

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Hacking is layered in Cyberpunk 2077. In this guide, we’ll explain the two types of hacking you can do, explain the hacking mini-game in detail, and provide tips for better hacking.

Cyberpunk hacking is complex, but here is the short and sweet explanation. Hacking can be divided into these two sections:

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  • quick hack – This is the hack you do with your scanner on enemies and electrical items. The number of actions you can perform depends on the cost of the Quickhack and the amount of RAM you have. RAM is determined by V’s OS, which you can upgrade to a Ripperdoc.
  • Hacking access points with Breach Protocol – Access points are laptops, antennas, or other places where V can plug in and play the Breach Protocol hacking mini-game. If you enter the code in the correct order, you can unlock more than one Datamine streak for greater rewards. Access Point Breach Protocol is generally a harder version of Breach Protocol than the Quickhack version used on enemies and random technologies.

Now let’s get into the deep dives.

As stated above, Quickhacking is the action you take with your scanner to use a demon, or hack on an electrical object or enemy. V should scan the object or person, and if they can be hacked, you will see two menus to go through in the scanner.

With your base scanner and its perks, you’ll see this for normal items and civilians:

If you scan an object connected to an enemy network or the enemy itself, you will get the Hacking tab in addition to the data:

The elements of Quickhacking

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Quickhacking has four main elements: the target, the available Quickhacks, the RAM and the hacking information panel.

1. The target: This one is pretty obvious, but your target changes the Quickhacks available to you. For example, if you hack a device, you can’t burn its synapses because, you know, it doesn’t have eyes. You will have the most options on human targets.

2. Available Quickhacks: Again, the available Quickhacks depend on your target. If a Quickhack is stuck in red, it means it’s already in use or you don’t have enough RAM to use it.

3. RAM Cyberdeck: The RAM allocated to V depends on their operating system, something you can upgrade to a Ripperdoc. This can be found in the Cyberdeck section of the menu. The operating system also determines how many Quickhacks you can equip and what kind of things you can hack.

4. Data and Hacking : Note that you can get important information from the Data tab on your enemy. This includes their specialization (are they a regular jerk or are they a Netrunner?), their affiliation, whether or not they have a bounty and whether you’ll get Street Cred for taking them down, and their strengths and weaknesses. This can be extremely important when going up against a boss. The hack tab gives descriptions for the Quickhack you have selected.

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How to get more RAM

To get more RAM, you’ll need to save your Eurodollars and visit a Ripperdoc. Next, select the Operating System section to see what the Ripperdoc has to offer (you can also check out the list of Ripperdoc locations and capabilities). Ripperdocs doesn’t have the same stock, so it’s worth considering your options before buying.

We recommend that your first upgrade be at least a rare OS rather than a rare one.

How to get more Quickhacks

The easiest way to get new Quickhack options is to buy them from a Netrunner. They run stores like any other merchant and each will sell different Quickhack Daemons.

You can also create your own Quickhacks. Some Quickhacks and Quickhack upgrades can be obtained through Intelligence Perks.

Quick Hacking Tips

It wouldn’t be an IGN without some tips! Here are some things to keep in mind when Quickhacking:

  • Make it a rule to always start an encounter with Breach Protocol, even if you don’t plan on using stealth for long. This will reduce the cost of Quickhacks from a RAM.
  • If you use Ping, you can find the hotspot in the area if there is one. All connected devices ping the access point, as indicated by the digital lines.
  • Although time passes slowly as you scan and hack, time hasn’t completely stood still. Be aware of V’s position so they don’t get spotted.
  • Make security cameras work for you! V can hack enemies through security cameras under their control.

Access point hacking

Unlike Quickhacking, connecting to a hotspot requires V to have some level of intelligence and possess what is usually a slightly more difficult version of Breach Protocol.

How to find hotspots

Access points can be things like laptops, consoles on a wall, and an antenna in enemy areas. You can find them with your scanner and they will be marked with a small version of this icon:

And here is an example on an antenna:

Besides scanning and looking around a marker for that marker, you can use Quickhacks and even perks to find them faster.

The quick ping hack (which you can get for free from The Gift) works on any device connected to the hotspot and reveals the location of the hotspot (and connected devices and people on the network) through lines like this one :

However, not all areas with enemies have access pointsso if you’re having trouble finding where the lines meet, it may be because there isn’t a single access point in the area.

If you want to free up a Quickhack spot for something else, you can instead invest in the Breach protocol perk called extended network interface. This automatically highlights nearby access points.

You can sometimes spot hotspots in random places around Night City as well.

When you arrive at a hotspot, V may be given the opportunity to connect. The option is determined by V’s intelligence level. If you have the necessary level to log in, you will see a Breach Protocol hacking mini-game screen that looks like this:

The goal is to enter one or more of the sequences required to “datamine” that access point for rewards. The code entry pattern in a sequence begins with the first line. Then the next code you can select will come from the first code column. the pattern repeat row – column – row – column-etc in the direction you choose.

If you have a larger buffer size (which can be increased by upgrading the OS from V to a Ripperdoc), you can enter more codes. Your goal should be to clear at least two sequences. Each of the three sequences and the code matrix are randomized. With a bit of luck, you might even be able to complete all three, although two should always be your goal.

If a sequence fails while you are entering another sequence, it means that depending on your input, it was no longer possible to enter the other one.

Point: If you hover over one of the code units in the sequences on the right, all the corresponding code in the Cody matrix will be highlighted. This is an easy way to see your row and column options for that particular code.

Let’s use the violation protocol above as an example. Based on my options and buffer size, I decided to try solving Datamine 3, Datamine 1, then Datamine 2. The resulting violation sequence would be BD-BD-55-1C-E9-BD .

Point: Don’t like the footage you have? Get out of the access point and you’ll launch a new set of sequences and a new matrix of code! This only works if you haven’t already solved one of the sequences and it will reduce your break timer.

Keep in mind that there may be multiple ways to enter the sequences into a single violation. And don’t forget that you are timed! The timer only starts when you enter the code matrix.

Point: To make a mistake? You can exit the Breach Protocol console and start over. This only works if you haven’t cleared a streak yet and it will reduce your breach timer.

Once you get clear on your code, you can go back and you will see your rewards appear on the left side of the screen.

Rewards earned from access points can be increased through perks such as Advanced data mine (Improves Datamine, increasing the amount of Eurodollars acquired from access points by 50%). Advanced Datamine can be upgraded again for a whopping 100% increase. With this we were able to get over $1000 per hotspot if he loses the cash reward. They usually do.

You can see all the associated benefits on our Intelligence Perks page.

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