Here are the best Cyberpunk 2077 builds

Best Cyberpunk 2077 builds - A man with a gun in a leather jacket wears shades at night
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Trying to choose the best build for Cyberpunk 2077? Night City's dangerous streets give you a lot of choices for your character. But when you sit down to assign your points and spend your hard earned Eurodollars, you should consider your playstyle. At the start, V begins with three points in each of the five attribute categories and you'll get to assign another each time you go up a level.

It's fun to mess around with different combinations and builds to see how they work, and this Cyberpunk 2077 skill tree (opens in new tab) guide will help get your cyberlegs under you. If you need to know how to respec in Cyberpunk 2077 (opens in new tab), the bad news is that while it is possible, the eddies you'll have to scrape up is formidable early on. It's a better plan to browse some of the best Cyberpunk 2077 builds listed below and save your hard earned winnings.

Best Cyberpunk 2077 builds

Solo

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Cyberpunk 2077 Solo build

When it comes to dealing with a problem, Solo players are happy to let guns (or fists) do the talking. By choosing skills related to the Solo class, you don't mind roughing up your enemies a little, and welcome the cuts and bruises that come along with that mindset. Brute force may not always be the easiest answer, but you relish taking on multiple enemies at once and showing them who's boss.

  • Body: 6
  • Intelligence: 3
  • Reflexes: 4
  • Technical: 6
  • Cool: 3

Strong solos are, well, strong, so it's sensible to invest points in the Body category to increase your strength. This attribute also covers health and stamina, which will prove useful when taking on gangs solo. If you'd prefer a powerful shotgun to do the talking, the Carnage pump-action beast is worth looking out for. The Tools of Destruction preview (opens in new tab) shows it knocking back enemies with ease, and even sets a van on fire. Alternatively, if you're keen to tear through enemies using your bare hands, bulk up by adding points to the Body stat.

All that fighting means you'll need armor to protect you. Dropping points in the Technical category will grant you engineering abilities, helping you look after yourself. Depending on your weapon preference, consider allocating a point or two to Reflexes, as its attached perks include rifles and handguns. You'll already be well-equipped for melee action thanks to your Body stats, but Reflexes are rumoured to include the Blades perk. Either way, you'll have plenty of choice when it comes to your arsenal. As you level up, you may find room to add points to Intelligence and Cool, but those attributes aren't a priority when first starting out.

While you won't have access to the best cyberware in the early game, it's never too soon to start thinking about the best body implants. Mantis Blades (huge blades in V's forearms) and Gorilla Hands/Arms (improves melee strength) are obvious choices if melee combat is your preference. Synlungs (improves endurance regeneration) may be a good pick for those using rifles as you'll need to run and duck behind cover often.

Netrunner

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Cyberpunk 2077 Netrunner build

More interested in using fancy tech to mess with enemies while avoiding confrontation? Embrace the Netrunner's skill set to and sneak around unnoticed and manipulate opponents from afar. If you want to explore this branch of the skill tree, you'll need more than a passing interest in bypassing firewalls. This doesn't simply mean hacking mainframes and harvesting megacorps' password-protected data, it also covers quick hacks that can be used to override nearby enemy tech.

  • Body: 3
  • Intelligence:
  • Reflexes: 3
  • Technical: 4
  • Cool: 6

Intelligence and Cool are your top priorities in this build. Intelligence gets your brain juices flowing, allowing you to perform all your hacking tasks. The more you invest in this attribute, the more quick hacks you'll have available. The ability to manipulate your environment in different ways also gives you freedom to choose nonlethal means of clearing an area.

If you'd rather avoid storming into a group of hostiles with a powerful weapon, Cool stats improve your stealth abilities. You'll need nerves of steel to tiptoe through other gangs' hideouts in Night City. That said, you could make infiltrating enemy bases easier with the help of the Tsunami Nekomata sniper rifle (opens in new tab). This semi automatic tech sniper can be charged to land devastating headshots. So you can still be lethal, even from a distance.

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Adding points to your Technical stats opens up the engineering pool of skills. These allow you to upgrade your body modifications and armor. If you want high-level technology to do your bidding, you'll need perks that support your playstyle. 

There's less focus on the Body and Reflexes attributes in this build, mainly because you won't be charging into combat. That said, it doesn't hurt to add points into each attribute later on if you're hoping to use a specific weapon type.

I'd recommend Reflex Tuners, as they activate a temporary slow motion mode if your health drops too low. You're not the strongest cyberpunk, so having this to fall back on should help bail you out of sticky situations.

As PC Gamer's guides writer, Emma is usually juggling several games at once. She loves competitive first-person shooters like CS:GO and Call of Duty, but she always has time for a few rounds of Hearthstone. She's happiest when she's rescuing pugs in Spelunky 2.