Tips and tricks – Cyberpunk 2077 wiki guide


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Welcome to IGN’s Cyberpunk 2077 Tips and tricks Guide, the home of all your essentials tips and tricks that will help you familiarize yourself with the ins and outs of Night City. In this guide, we’ve broken down our Cyberpunk 2077 Tips and tricks into three distinct categories that detail everything from exploration, combat, and other topics such as armor, storage, chat options, and more.

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35 Essential Tips and tricks for Cyberpunk 2077

Whether it’s making big bucks, looting your enemies, knowing where to put your points, or even changing clothes, we’ve got you covered in our Tips and tricks guide below.

Exploration Tips and tricks

  • Be careful of buttons you press around people in tight spaces. You could accidentally attack or grab someone who will then put the police into action! It could lead to your death.
  • If there’s something worth picking up, like a shard, you’ll see a yellow marker on it from a fair distance away. Keep an eye out!
  • Keep an eye out for the blue markers on your map as you explore Night City. These are Fast Travel points. You’ll have to play a bit of the campaign to access them, but once you do, be sure to interact with the points to unlock them.
  • Do you want to earn a lot of money? Collect everything. It might slow you down a bit, but every once in a while you’ll end up with something worth over $ 750. The junk also adds up. Think of it like a piggy bank. Make sure you frequently drop off your unwanted and unwanted items at drop-off points. Drop points (pictured below) are either large like this or a kiosk with only the rightmost part of the machine. But they are still yellow.


  • Look both ways as you cross the street – yes, really. You can be hit by cars and take damage.
  • Use the scanner frequently, especially in large rooms. It can show items you can pick up, explosives, and other useful things.
  • Learn how to holster your gun. Sometimes even the mere fact of having a gun is seen as a threat, and you don’t want to face the consequences. You can see how on our Controls page, or you can go to the pause menu> Settings and then press the button on the right that says “Control scheme”.

  • What happens if you pick up too much and go over the weight limit? You will lose stamina and walk slowly. Slower still if you keep picking things up!
  • If you need a quick storage space, call your car (if you can) and throw your items in the trunk stash!
  • Do you see a crate in the distance containing a rare item that you don’t want to forget? You can mark it with your scanner, the same way you would mark an enemy.
  • NCPD Scanner Hustles may take several steps to complete. * Not all of them, but some will require you to take the information you get from one place to another nearby. If you feel like you didn’t receive a big payoff after collecting evidence, it probably means there’s another milestone in your journal.
  • If you see people having a conversation (you’ll see blue text on it) Sometimes they reveal interesting information about where you are.. Someone you are with may also have something to say about their conversation.
  • There is no “stealing” for V. Everything in Night City is up to you. Take whatever you want ! However, you have to pay the suppliers.

Combat tips and tricks

  • To run! Jump! Do them a lot in open areas to increase your athleticism! Essentially, the way you improve your skill progression for any benefit is by using them. The more stealthy you are, the higher your Stealth Perk. The more items are dismantled, the higher your crafting perk.
  • Play the additional tutorial. No matter how good at games you are, the upside here is that it’s free XP that costs you little time and no real resources!
  • Make sure to take out enemy bosses at the end of longer missions, even if you’re trying to be stealthy or avoid conflict otherwise. They can earn you a ton of cash, as well as some unique items.
  • Enemies, even non-boss enemies, can heal themselves! Make sure to keep an eye out for your low opponents to make sure they’re not using Maxdoc while you’re not watching.
  • Enemies that drop loot upon death will be marked with an X on your minimap. Gray means Common Loot, Green means Uncommon, Blue is Rare, Purple is Epic, and Yellow is Legendary. You will see the loot item marker when you watch the corpse change color along with the loot rarity as well.
  • Once you’ve found a gun that you like, don’t forget to watch it to apply attachments and mods! Some mods can even make your weapon “non-lethal,” meaning that even if you overpower your enemy, you won’t actually kill them. You might need it for side jobs or concerts. However, not all weapons can have mods or accessories.
  • You will only see XP and Silver progress after V is out of combat, which means the minimap no longer says “combat.”

Other Cyberpunk 2077 tips and tricks

  • You can fast forward in a cinematic conversation by holding down the button displayed at the bottom right of the screen.
  • Putting points in Body or Tech will literally open doors for you, because the cards will have some that will only be opened with enough of one or the other. This makes investing in one worthwhile, but both have a bit of diminishing returns (although still good in other ways).
  • In your journal, some jobs will have a small image to the right of the job or job description. These are “linked” elements! Sometimes it’ll be a straightforward way to call someone, a card, or whatever.
  • Accidentally throw a grenade in a public square? Piss off the wrong person? Cyberpunk has an active autosave which usually starts before a meeting. Instead of living with the consequences, use an autosave to get out of a sticky situation.
  • After a big shootout, don’t forget to catch your fallen enemies (and even your allies) weapons. You can sell them, but you can also disassemble them in your inventory menu for common and uncommon item components. You will need it for crafting and upgrades. You can also dismantle some consumables, clothing, and garbage. If you don’t need the money, go with the components instead.
  • If you level up in certain perks, you will get one perk point! You increase the benefits just by using them. Make sure to take a look at the rewards for all the perks.
  • Even if your heart is determined to become an assassin with maximum stealth or whatever, be sure to watch and put advantage points in other categories. You should especially think about putting a point in any advantage that you improve faster than the others. It’s an indication of how you’re playing at the start, and a little extra nudge for that early playstyle can’t hurt.
  • Make sure to change clothes. Not to look cool, but for some easy points of armor. Each garment has an armor rating and as they say good defense is the best attack … you may look like a walking disaster, but you’ll have the final say when you’re the only one standing. Keep in mind that some armor also has perk slots for a bit more oomph.


  • Keep in mind some clothing / armor have mod slots also for a little extra oomph. However, once applied, they cannot be salvaged and will be destroyed if you replace them.
  • You will get new clothing options from vendors as you get higher Street Cred. You’ll also find more clothing options as you move through different neighborhoods.
  • If you want to equip a melee weapon from your inventory, select a slot that you want to fill or replace. Then, just above the ranged weapons, click on the knife next to the blue ranged weapons icon to see which ranged weapons you have with you.
  • The yellow conversation options will move the conversation forward. If there are several, it is because it is a choice. The weight of this choice varies depending on the situation. Some only impact this moment, others will impact entire side quests or the main job. The blue options give you more information. Sometimes this will lead to new options! You can’t lose anything by getting new information, so you might as well explore your options.
  • Don’t forget to upgrade the operating system from V! You’re better off saving up for a rare OS, but once you can afford it, be sure to buy one for new perks like a bigger hack buffer. This is imperative if you are playing as a Netrunner. You can also increase your Ram Base! Hint: There is a Rare voucher called Biodyne MK.2 at the ripperdoc on Watson’s Northside for $ 15,000. That’s a lot, but it means more hacking and a bigger buffer.

Looking for more Tips and tricks? Check out our beginner’s guide for even more tips to get started.


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