Cyberpunk 2077 is a vast open-world RPG, and there are as many different ways to play as players can imagine. If you’re looking to level up fast and get Max Street Cred, there are a few key ways to go about that.
With the exception of the earliest section of the game, Cyberpunk 2077 tends to be incredibly open and gives you access to the entirety of Night City regardless of your own level. If you stumble upon an interesting mission, you might realize the game has deemed it too dangerous for you.
Whether it be a Main Job, Side Job, Gig, or Reported Crime, Cyberpunk 2077 gives you a level of Danger if you look at it on your map or in your journal. There are five different levels of Danger: Very Low, Low, Moderate, High, and Very High.
If you’re seeing missions you want to attempt that are too dangerous for you, the only way to fix that is to level up your character until you’re strong enough. On top of that, improving your Street Cred can reveal new Gigs and give you access to powerful equipment.
What do you get when you level up in Cyberpunk 2077?
As you work your way through Cyberpunk 2077, your character with level up with the completion of all different kinds of missions and story milestones. Every time you level up, you will earn one Attribute Point and one Perk Point.
We’ve covered these elsewhere in more detail, but they’ll be spent on your character to increase your effectiveness in and out of combat. You’ll also gain access to more powerful gear, including weapons, cyberware, and clothing.
As you explore Cyberpunk 2077 and find valuable gear through vendors or as loot from enemies, you’ll come across items that require you to reach a certain level before it can even be used. Others will require an Attribute to reach a certain total before it is available.
Just through completing missions and playing the game, you will also increase your Skill Level for various Skills, which it’s important to note is independent of and separate from your character’s total level. If you are looking to increase Skill Level, we have a different guide covering that in depth.
What are the best ways to level up fast in Cyberpunk 2077?
As you play Cyberpunk 2077, the natural progression of events will cause you to complete missions, earn XP, and level up. Once the entirety of Night City is available to you, you’ll quickly notice that some of the Main Jobs and Side Jobs that catch your eye are too dangerous for you.
While those warnings are signs of whether you should tackle a particular mission just yet, they also serve as a general indication of how much XP you’ll earn from completing them. If you’re wondering what your end goal is, the Max Level in Cyberpunk 2077 is 50.
With DLC on the horizon, though a release date or details remain unconfirmed, it’s possible that Cyberpunk 2077’s Max Level will eventually increase. One thing it’s important to note is that the difficulty you choose to play the game on will not affect the XP you receive.
Having tested this on Reported Crimes, the XP received did not vary based on game difficulty selected in Settings (i.e. Easy, Medium, Hard, Very Hard). However, you can earn more Skill XP on higher difficulties because you’ll often be facing enemies with significantly more health.
This can help with improving Skill Level, which we’ve covered in more detail with a separate guide, but will not affect general XP to level up. While the highest you can aim for right now is Level 50, what activities will best help you reach that level?
Side Jobs and Gigs help you level up fast in Cyberpunk 2077
Of the various types of missions you can approach in Cyberpunk 2077, the ones that tend to give you the most XP compared to the time investment are Side Jobs and Gigs. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of them throughout Night City.
While Main Jobs tend to give you the largest chunks of XP, many of them can be long and include several steps along the way. By comparison, Side Jobs and Gigs tend to be much shorter and can be completed in quick succession to help boost your level.
Exactly how much XP you earn from Side Jobs and Gigs is going to vary significantly depending on the particular one you’re doing and the difficulty of it. While the map won’t tell you the exact level or rewards for a Side Job or Gig, you can bet something with a difficulty of Moderate is going to net you more XP than one with a difficulty of Very Low.
If you’re looking for a particular group of Side Jobs to complete, it can be very worth it to try out the Epistrophy missions. We’ve got a detailed guide about each of these, and they unlock fairly early in overall game.
Many of the missions are fairly simple and don’t have much combat involved, making them some of them easy XP for even lower level players. If you follow the questline to the conclusion and the eventual Don’t Lose Your Mind follow-up, you can even get a Delamain Cab of your very own.
What is Street Cred and why do you need it?
When you play Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll notice that there’s another feature to level up and improve that operates completely independent of your character’s overall level. Street Cred can be earned many ways throughout the game, and raising it can give you access to equipment, vehicles, and even more missions.
One of the most immediate rewards you’ll notice as you improve your Street Cred is that fixers throughout Night City will start calling you more frequently about Gigs. New Gigs are unlocked as your Street Cred increases, and the higher your Street Cred goes the higher level Gigs (which are worth more XP and provide more reward money) will start popping up.
You’ll also notice when interacting with vendors throughout Night City that equipment like weapons, clothing, and cyberware can be gated behind a particular Street Cred Level. You’ll also receive phone calls from fixers notifying you that new vehicles are available to purchase as your Street Cred improves.
Most things you do in Cyberpunk 2077 will end up increasing your overall Street Cred, and Max Street Cred is 50, just like Max Level. However, you’ll probably notice that your Street Cred hits 50 long before your overall level does.
What are the best ways to get Max Street Cred in Cyberpunk 2077?
Main Jobs, Side Jobs, Gigs, and Reported Crimes are all going to earn you Street Cred in Cyberpunk 2077. Again, like the XP that is received, the total is going to vary based on the difficulty of the individual mission.
If you’re looking to reach Max Street Cred quickly, there’s no better way to do it than with Reported Crimes and Assaults in Progress. These show up on your map as blue icons, and are littered all over Night City.
While some Reported Crimes and Organized Criminal Activity can have larger groups of enemies and small tasks to complete, the easiest and quickest to complete is an Assault in Progress. These are all what the sound like, and indicate a handful of enemies are attacking a civilian.
All you have to do is head in and eliminate the enemies, snatch the evidence, and you’ll net some XP and a significant amount of Street Cred. If you’re feeling daring, you can even race into an Assault in Progress that’s higher level than you to nab the evidence without even engaging in combat with the enemies.
You don’t have to take them out, but doing so will also help your Street Cred. The reason for this is that most enemies encountered through missions like this have bounties, and that’s the hidden Street Cred boost you really want.
Bounties all over Night City can help your Street Cred
If you use your Kiroshi Optics to scan someone in Night City, you’ll see whether they’ve currently got a bounty with Night City PD. If you eliminate them, whether via lethal or non-lethal means, NCPD’s appreciate will translate to easy Street Cred.
You can scan groups of enemies all over Night City that aren’t even connected to missions of any kind to stumble upon bounties. These enemies often respawn in areas after some time has passed, and you’ll also get Skill XP for the method you use to eliminate them and get to loot equipment from them.
Getting into the habit of looking for these just as you make your way through the city doing other missions is one of the best ways to steadily improve your Street Cred. Having access to higher quality equipment when you’re at lower levels can make a huge difference in some of the game’s most difficult boss fights.
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