Cyberpunk 2077 is finally available, and one of the game’s biggest assets is the massive amount of character customization options. If you want to dabble in the game’s extensive crafting system, you’ll want to know which Crafting Perks will serve you best.
The crafting system in Cyberpunk 2077 can be overwhelming, and it can often be challenging to locate an elusive Crafting Spec. Fortunately, we have an extensive guide that covers Crafting Spec Locations and everything you need to know about the system.
However, here we’re just looking at the Crafting Perks and which ones will best serve you while playing Cyberpunk 2077. Like most things in the game it will depend on how you choose to play, but there are some that stand out as must-haves for every player.
What are Perks in Cyberpunk 2077
In Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll be faced with the choice of choosing between a massive array of Perks that correlate to different skills and Attributes for your character. While you will increase your overall Attribute Score, Perks are separate from this total.
As you earn Perk Points in the game, you’ll be able to spend them on unique character bonuses called Perks. Each Attribute has two or three Skills attached to it, and each Skill has a large selection of Perks that will help you make the most out of your character.
Crafting Perks, as their name implies, are all focused on improving your ability to use the crafting system in Cyberpunk 2077. They can help you make the most out of your components, and some will even increase the power of the items you craft.
How to unlock Crafting Perks in Cyberpunk 2077
In order to unlock Crafting Perks in Cyberpunk 2077, you’re going to have to spend Perk Points. These are separate from Attribute Points, but can be earned in a similar way and will often require you to have the skill’s core Attribute up to a specific score to have access to certain Perks.
Every time you level up in Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll get a new Attribute Point and Perk Point to spend increasing each of those aspects of your character. Unlike Attribute Points, there are other ways to earn Perk Points.
The most effective way to earn Perk Points is to utilize and upgrade each of the game’s individual Skills. For Crafting, that’s done by crafting new items, upgrading existing items, and disassembling items into crafting components.
You always want to try out different play styles, because using other weapons or dabbling in other styles can level up other skills which will earn you Perk Points that can be spent on any Perks, regardless of whether they’re connected to the skill you were improving.
Best Crafting Perks to unlock in Cyberpunk 2077
The good news is you sort of can’t go wrong, as there aren’t many completely useless Perks in Cyberpunk 2077. Every single Crafting Perk is worthwhile if it happens to fit your individual playstyle.
However, there are five that stand out from the pack as S-Grade, which means they’re a must have for all players. Just below are four which are A-Grade, which are worth the investment but may not be right for every player.
Finally, there are eight B-Grade Crafting 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 crafting.
These five S-Grade Crafting Perks stand out as the best available in Cyberpunk 2077, and every player should look at getting them.
Mechanic S-Grade Crafting Perk
Even if you’re not doing a lot of crafting, Mechanic is a must-have. With no Attribute Requirement, you don’t even have to make an investment into Technical Ability to snag this one.
Mechanic will score you extra crafting components with disassembling items. Whether you’re trying to get a few final components for higher-tier crafting or upgrades, or just trying to score some extra cash, this one is worth it.
Scrapper S-Grade Crafting Perk
When you’re playing Cyberpunk 2077, chances are you’re going to be burying a lot of hours into the game and doing about a thousand different things. Between inventory management and quest decisions, it can feel a bit overwhelming.
However, snagging Scrapper will help lighten the load of inventory management while earning you easy components and boosting your Crafting Skill Level. Every time you pick up or loot junk, it’ll automatically be disassembled, so you don’t even have to open your inventory to benefit from this one.
Workshop S-Grade Crafting Perk
In the same vein as Mechanic, the benefit of Workshop is earning extra components from items you’re disassembling. This is especially useful if you’re taking apart higher tier items, like Rare or Epic, and are hoping to get components to use for crafting or upgrading equipment.
Sometimes you’re just one or two components shy of the total you need, and Workshop is there to help you out in that pinch and score you the extra components when taking items apart. This is a three-tier Crafting Perk, so you can invest extra Perk Points to improve your chances.
Ex Nihilo S-Grade Crafting Perk
If you’re looking at Ex Nihilo and thinking 20% isn’t that much, think again. If you’re crafting items in bulk to sell, having roughly one-fifth of them cost you zero components can add up quickly and score you significant eurodollars.
On top of that, there’s no better feeling than going to craft a Legendary or Epic item only for Ex Nihilo to kick in and give you the item for free without using up any of your crafting components. Even with the required 12 Technical Ability, Ex Nihilo will pay off time and time again.
Tune-up S-Grade Crafting Perk
Last but certainly not least, there’s Tune-up which requires a Technical Ability of 16 in order to unlock it. It’s worth noting that investing that many Attribute Points into Technical Ability also gives you the chance to unlock many doors in missions and make life easier on you.
However, Tune-up would be worth it even without that consolation prize. This gives you the ability to upgrade components, turning a group of lower-tier components into their higher-tier counterparts.
You can literally turn Common components into Legendary components with Tune-up. Of course, you’ll use a lot of Common to get to that stage, but every conversion will also improve your Crafting Skill Level, and you’ll often be able to snag the components you need without having to wait to find them or head to a shop to buy them.
All Crafting Perks in Cyberpunk 2077
The table below details every single Crafting Perk available in Cyberpunk 2077. Tiers indicate you can spend extra Perk Points to further improve the bonus that Perk provides, such as moving from a 5% bonus to a 10% bonus.
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).
|Mechanic||S||Gain more components when disassembling||1||None|
|True Craftsman||A||Enables you to craft Rare items||1||5 Technical Ability|
|Scrapper||S||Junk items are automatically disassembled||1||5 Technical Ability|
|Workshop||S||Disassembling items grants a 5%/10%/15% chance to gain a free component of the same quality as the disassembled item||3||7 Technical Ability|
|Innovation||B||Effects from crafted consumables last 25%/50% longer||2||9 Technical Ability|
|Sapper||B||Crafted grenades deal 10%/20% more damage||2||9 Technical Ability|
|Field Technician||B||Crafted weapons deal 2.5%/5% more damage||2||11 Technical Ability|
|200% Efficiency||B||Crafted clothes gain 2.5%/5% more armor||2||11 Technical Ability|
|Ex Nihilo||S||Grants a 20% chance to craft an item for free||1||12 Technical Ability|
|Efficient Upgrades||B||Grants a 10% chance to upgrade an item for free||1||12 Technical Ability|
|Grease Monkey||A||Enables you to craft Epic items||1||12 Technical Ability|
|Cost Optimization||A||Reduces the component cost of crafting items by 15%/30%||2||14 Technical Ability|
|Let There Be Light!||B||Reduces the component cost of upgrading items by 10%/20%||2||14 Technical Ability|
|Waste Not Want Not||B||When disassembling an item, you get attached mods back||1||16 Technical Ability|
|Tune-up||S||Enables you to upgrade lower-quality components into higher-quality ones||1||16 Technical Ability|
|Edgerunner Artisan||A||Enables you to craft Legendary items||1||18 Technical Ability|
|Cutting Edge||B||Improves damage and all damage-related stats of crafted weapons by 5%||1||20 Technical Ability|
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