Cyberpunk 2077 is finally available, and the in-depth adventure game brings with it a complex futuristic world of new possibilities. While the early game does have tutorials, there are some need to know secrets the game won’t tell you.
Even in making early character creation decisions like where to put your initial set of attribute points, there are some factors that aren’t fully explained. On top of that, there are some challenges of this open and unpredictable world you’ll want to be prepared for.
Save and scan, always and often
Ideally, the necessity of saving often will decrease over time as the game becomes more stable. For now, Cyberpunk 2077 is a complicated title that’s going to crash sometimes.
Don’t blame the people who worked on it, they surely did as much as they could to prepare for the launch, but things slip through. If you make sure to save often, you’ll safeguard yourself in the case of an untimely crash, and the easiest way is to quicksave from the menu.
As for scanning, it should be your first action whenever you’re in a new area. Using L1 / LB / Tab, analyze your surroundings and keep watch for things that light up, which could include valuable equipment or junk that can be sold for extra eurodollars.
Find shards for intriguing Cyberpunk 2077 lore
When you’re scanning, one thing you’ll often come across are shards. They’re peppered all throughout Cyberpunk 2077, and fortunately are visible when you scan an area due to notable yellow icons that show up even at a distance.
Just in a single building fairly early in the game, you can find four sprinkled throughout various rooms. While shards aren’t necessarily key to your abilities or progressing in the game, they’re invaluable when it comes to understanding and embracing the world of Cyberpunk 2077.
With an environment so dense and rich in lore, it can be overwhelming to try and understand everything going on. These all provide interesting and unique glimpses into that world and the deeper lore, which add additional flavor to the game.
You’ll need Intelligence for Cyberware
If you’re looking to embrace your cybernetic side, you’re going to need points in the Intelligence attribute to score the best Cyberware. It’s probably not a stretch to say that most of the players checking out Cyberpunk 2077, especially early on, will want to try out the available Cyberware.
However, many of the best cybernetic enhancements that you find will have a minimum Intelligence attribute required for using them. You’ll probably want to put a solid amount of points into Intelligence right as you create your character.
As you progress through the game and level up, you’ll get additional points and upgrading Intelligence will be on your agenda if you want to access the best Cyberware that Cyberpunk 2077 has to offer.
Body and Technical Ability will literally open doors for you
While mentioned in the description for Technical Ability, it’s not clear early on how these two attributes will gain you access to areas. There’s not a lockpicking perk or anything of that nature, as some like myself might have expected.
Instead, it’s just your core value in Technical Ability that will help you open doors to hidden areas. This can also be key in accessing many of the game’s side missions and gigs, which are often behind a door that requires a specific Technical Ability of 5, 6, 7, or even higher to open the door and begin the mission.
However, Body will often help you bypass that if that’s a route you’d prefer to go. If your Body is high enough, you’ll just force doors open and power your way into areas, and it will also help you break down fences and access items that are hidden at times.
Attributes affect your dialogue options in Cyberpunk 2077
As you navigate through Cyberpunk 2077 and progress through various primary and side missions, many times you’ll be talking your way through things with other characters. Usually, you’ll have more than one option on what to say.
Eventually, you may notice a choice in your dialogue options that has a small icon next to it. These icons represent specific attributes, such as Intelligence or Reflexes, and the number next to them indicates how high that chosen attribute needs to be in order to unlock that dialogue choice.
Fortunately, you can actually improve that attribute during dialogue. If you’ve got some points saved from previous level-ups, you can go into the character menu during dialogue and increase the desired attribute to unlock that dialogue option if you want to.
Be careful what you bump into
Whether you’re just walking around or driving through the city, you’ll want to be cautious about how you’re doing it. While driving, you can easily run someone over or smash a police car and send things spiraling in a direction you didn’t want to deal with.
Even when you’re just walking around, it’s possible to walk near or bump into a group of enemies that you didn’t even realize would be so hostile. Suddenly you’re in combat that you didn’t anticipate, and potentially having to fight for your life.
If you walk around more carefully, and don’t bump into people or things without meaning to, it can save you some hassle. On top of that, going back to our first mention here, saving often will help you out if things do go sideways and you end up dead.
Beware of explosives in Cyberpunk 2077
It’s not exactly new for a game to have hazards in combat, and in Cyberpunk 2077 that often can come in the form of explosives. Usually, these are things you want to use to ease the battle, taking something out to damage your enemies from a distance, potentially before they’ve even seen you.
However, explosives in Cyberpunk 2077 are just as dangerous to you as they are to your enemies. There are some fights that come in environments like a volatile underground drug lab, and in that case you might realize there are explosives just about everywhere.
More than once, in my experience a combat that was seemingly in perfect control ended abruptly because an enemy shot an explosive my character was standing right next to, and the explosion instantly flatlined me. Use your scan to get a lay of the area, and watch for explosives so you’re not standing next to them in the middle of a firefight.
How to use Crafting to get Unlimited Money and quickly level up your Crafting Skill
If you’ve been hoping for a quick and easy way to earn money in Cyberpunk 2077, there’s a way to game the Crafting system that’s exactly what you need. While you don’t technically need any Crafting Perks to use this method, there are some that’ll make it more effective and lucrative.
Just about everything you do in Cyberpunk 2077 is going to cost you, and especially early on it can be difficult if you’re running low on eurodollars when a new car comes available or a specific item at a shop catches your eye. Fortunately, crafting is there to help you.
In order to do this, you’ll need to look for vending machines throughout Night City that sell consumables for €$10. This isn’t going to work with ones that sell consumables for €5, as those aren’t able to be disassembled into Item Components.
If you start to keep an eye out you’ll notice they’re all over Night City, but a good place to start is the area just around your apartment at the beginning of the game. If you head down the stairs and go towards the 2nd Amendment Weapon Shop, you’ll pass by several of the €$10 vending machines and find them all over this area.
Once you find one, buy any of them items in bulk until the machine says “Sold Out.” You’ll want to repeat this process with any vending machine you find. After that, disassemble the items you’ve purchased into Item Components, and head to the Crafting page to make as many of the most valuable Uncommon (green) weapons as you have available.
The best weapon for this is the Nekomata Tech Sniper Rifle. Craft as many as you can, and then head to a drop point or a nearby shop to sell the items you’ve just crafted.
Repeat this process for easy and unlimited money, and you’ll also end up boosting your Crafting Skill in the process. If you want to get the most out of this method, the Crafting Perks that are most helpful are Mechanic, Workshop, Ex Nihilo, and Cost Optimization.
You don’t need to sneak to improve your Stealth Skill Level
It might seem completely counterintuitive, but because of the way skills work in Cyberpunk 2077 there are some ways to game the system. Each individual skill has particular actions which generate skill points and help you improve that Skill Level.
For Stealth, there are four different things you can do that will improve your Stealth Skill Level. You earn points by damaging enemies with sneak attacks, performing a takedown (lethal or non-lethal), performing a takedown and dumping the body in a hiding place simultaneously, or just dumping a body in a hiding place.
It’s that last one that is the real trick to things, because you earn points from hiding bodies of neutralized enemies regardless of whether you’re at the beginning or end of combat. If you want, you can still choose the stealth approach and take out enemies one by one while hiding them as you go.
Of course, you can also just rush an area and eliminate enemies with brute force. After you’ve cleaned house, start grabbing bodies and dumping them in hiding places when combat is over to still earn points to improve your Stealth Skill Level.