Cyberpunk 2077 is available at last, and with it comes a wide variety of character customization options. If you’re attempting any quickhacking or datamining, you’ll want to know which Breach Protocol Perks are the best of the bunch.
Whether you’re using Breach Protocol on an enemy or security system, or simply connecting or taking the chance to “Jack In” and snag some extra money, you’ll be facing a Breach Protocol Code Matrix Puzzle. If you’re struggling to nail these, our guide helps explain the process and how to solve them all.
Here, we’ll take a look at all of the Breach Protocol Perks in Cyberpunk 2077, and which ones are the absolute best. Like much of the game, the way you decide to customize your character depends on how you choose to play, but there are certain Perks that are simply must-haves for every player.
What are Perks in Cyberpunk 2077
As you play Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll have the obstacle of navigating a wide array of Perks that connect to different skills and Attributes for your character. You will earn Attribute Points to increase overall Attribute Scores, but Perks are different from this.
As you play Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll earn Perk Points which can be spent on unique character bonuses called Perks. Every Attribute has two or three Skills connected to it, and each of those Skills has a variety of Perks that will help you maximize the effectiveness of certain playstyles.
Breach Protocol Perks, as their name implies, are focused on improving the effectiveness of using Breach Protocol. They can also improve the amount of money you score when datamining, which is one of the best ways to earn eurodollars in Cyberpunk 2077.
How to unlock Breach Protocol Perks in Cyberpunk 2077
To be able to unlock Breach Protocol Perks, you’ll need to spend the Perk Points you earn as you continue to play Cyberpunk 2077. Like Attribute Points, you will get new Perk Points with each level up, but there are other ways to increase the total as well.
Don’t ignore the Attribute Score though, as most Perks require their core Attribute to be up to a specific total in order to access the Perk and spend a Perk Point to unlock it.
The most effective way to earn Perk Points, aside from leveling up, is to utilize and upgrade each of the game’s individual Skills. For Breach Protocol, that’s done by quickhacking devices and performing any action that requires a particular Intelligence score to complete.
As you play Cyberpunk 2077, take some time to try out different play styles and use new kinds of weapons. If you normally use blades, try out blunt weapons for a bit, as the Perk Points earned by upgrading any skill can be spent on any Perks, not just the ones connected to the skill you improved.
Best Breach Protocol Perks to unlock in Cyberpunk 2077
Fortunately, there aren’t really any worthless Perks in Cyberpunk 2077. Each of the many Breach Protocol Perks can be worthwhile if it happens to mesh with the way you’ve decided to play the game.
However, there are four that stand out from the pack as S-Grade, which means they’re a must-have for all players. Just below are three which are A-Grade, which are worth the investment but may not be right for every player.
Finally, there are 12 B-Grade Breach Protocol Perks. These are only worthwhile if they happen to fit your particular playstyle just right, and you can probably ignore them early in the game or if you’re not focusing much on Breach Protocol.
These four S-Grade Breach Protocol Perks and one A-Grade Breach Protocol Perk stand out as the best available in Cyberpunk 2077, and every player should look at getting them.
Big Sleep S-Grade Breach Protocol Perk
Big Sleep is one of the two Breach Protocol Perks without an Attribute Requirement, so you won’t need a massive Intelligence score to snag this one. Security cameras can become a major nuisance, whether you’re trying to infiltrate an area stealthily or dealing with an enemy netrunner using them to drop Overheat or other quickhacks on you.
Fortunately, Big Sleep is just the fix, as it will disable every camera in a connected network for several minutes. Keep in mind this isn’t permanent, so you’ll want to still watch out for the cameras and disable them each to be sure they don’t pop back on after a few minutes.
Mass Vulnerability S-Grade Breach Protocol Perk
Like Big Sleep, Mass Vulnerability doesn’t have an Attribute Requirement. That means any player can have access to it, regardless of Intelligence score. Even if you’re not diving heavily into Breach Protocol and quickhacking, Mass Vulnerability is a major boon.
You have to get the daemon through the Breach Protocol Code Matrix Puzzle, at which point it reduces physical resistances for all connected enemies. Regardless of how you’re choosing to take them out, that’s going to help you, making this a must-have for all.
Advanced Datamine S-Grade Breach Protocol Perk
Access Points where you can connect or “Jack In” are seemingly everywhere in Cyberpunk 2077. Sometimes they’ll require a particular Intelligence score to access, but the result of going in is always the same.
You’ll be up against a Code Matrix Puzzle with the opportunity to datamine eurodollars and quickhack components. As handy as the quickhack components can be if you focus on that, it’s the eurodollars you really want. Advanced Datamine boosts the total you’ll get, and is plenty accessible with only a 5 Intelligence requirement.
Extended Network Interface S-Grade Breach Protocol Perk
As mentioned above, Access Points can be found all over Cyberpunk 2077. You can connect or “Jack In” to computers, router-sized wall terminals, some vending machines, and even occasionally a piece of construction equipment.
If you want to make life a lot easier on yourself, take a moment to snag Extended Network Interface. This Breach Protocol Perk will automatically highlight Access Points on your mini-map, making it much less likely you’ll miss one and lose out on the potential money.
Efficiency A-Grade Breach Protocol Perk
Last, but certainly not least, there’s the Efficiency Perk. This is the only A-Grade Perk included here as one of the best, and it narrowly misses S-Grade because of the Ability Requirement and specificity towards the way you decide to play Cyberpunk 2077.
If you’re not really doing any quickhacking, it may not be worth it for you, but the boost to RAM recovery is significant. Even with a required 14 Intelligence, Efficiency can be worth the investment and make a huge difference in the speed you can nail enemies with quickhacks.
All Breach Protocol Perks in Cyberpunk 2077
The table below details every single Breach Protocol Perk available in Cyberpunk 2077. Tiers indicate that you can use extra Perk Points to further improve the bonus provided by that Perk, such as increasing an effect lasting 3 minutes to 6 minutes.
Attribute Requirement indicates the overall Attribute score you’ll need to have access to that particular Perk. Finally, Grade indicates the quality of the perk: S-Grade (must-have for all players), A-Grade (worth the investment), and B-Grade (only if it fits your playstyle).
|Big Sleep||S||Unlocks the Big Sleep daemon during Breach Protocol, which disables all cameras in a network for 3/6 minutes||2||None|
|Mass Vulnerability||S||Unlocks the Mass Vulnerability daemon during Breach Protocol, which reduces physical resistance for all enemies in the network by 30% for 3/6 minutes||2||None|
|Almost In!||B||Increases the breach time for Breach Protocol by 20%/40%||2||5 Intelligence|
|Advanced Datamine||S||Upgrades the Datamine daemon, increasing the quantity of Eurodollars acquired from access points by 50%/100%||2||5 Intelligence|
|Extended Network Interface||S||Automatically highlights nearby access points||1||7 Intelligence|
|Mass Vulnerability: Resistances||B||Upgrades the Mass Vulnerability daemon, reducing all resistances for enemies in the network by 30%||1||7 Intelligence|
|Datamine Mastermind||B||Upgrades the Datamine daemon, increasing the quantity of components acquired from access points by 50%/100%||2||9 Intelligence|
|Turret Shutdown||B||Unlocks the Turret Shutdown daemon during Breach Protocol, which disables security turrets in the network for 3/6 minutes||2||9 Intelligence|
|Total Recall||A||The ICEpick daemon reduces all quickhack costs by an additional RAM unit||1||11 Intelligence|
|Datamine Virtuoso||B||Upgrades the Datamine daemon, increasing the chance to acquire a quickhack from access points by 50%/100%||2||12 Intelligence|
|Turret Tamer||B||Unlocks the Turret Tamer daemon during Breach Protocol, which sets the status of every turret in the network to friendly for 3/6 minutes||2||12 Intelligence|
|Efficiency||A||Uploading three or more daemons in the same Breach Protocol increases cyberdeck RAM recovery by 3/6 units per minute for five minutes||2||14 Intelligence|
|Cloud Cache||B||Completing Breach Protocol restores RAM units by 1/2 time(s) the number of daemons uploaded||2||14 Intelligence|
|Totaler Recall||A||The ICEpick daemon reduces all quickhack costs by an additional RAM unit||1||16 Intelligence|
|Mass Vulnerability: Quickhacks||B||Upgrades the Mass Vulnerability daemon, causing enemies in the network to also take 30% more damage from quickhacks||1||16 Intelligence|
|Head Start||B||Automatically uploads the first daemon in the list at the start of every Breach Protocol||1||18 Intelligence|
|Hackathon||B||Uploading three or more daemons in the same Breach Protocol shortens quickhack cooldown by 33% for five minutes||1||18 Intelligence|
|Compression||B||Reduces the length of the sequences required to upload daemons by one, but cannot be reduced below two||1||20 Intelligence|
|Buffer Optimization||B||Increases the duration of daemon effects by 100%||1||20 Intelligence|