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Cyberpunk 2077 Stats Guide: Attributes, Skills, Perks, & More

Cyberpunk 2077's character building and progression system explained including a breakdown of the various stats, attributes, skills, perks, and how to optimally build your character.
Cyberpunk 2077 Stats Guide: Attributes, Skills, Perks, & More

Every roleplaying game needs to have a progression system with both meaningful attributes and a diverse skill tree.

Because that is ultimately what makes RPGs so engaging. The ability to create a unique playstyle and mould your character to, and from, the world.

Cyberpunk 2077 stats guide perks abilities skills
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Cyberpunk 2077 has this in spades with a character progression system which at its base level breaks down to attributes, skills, and perks.

The game features no class system, with the player free to build your character in whichever way you feel.

That freedom, and the abundance of options, can be daunting for new players so to help out we have devised this Cyberpunk 2077 stats guide, where we breakdown the three core components that give you your character's abilities, strengths, and weaknesses.

Cyberpunk 2077 stats guide - before we begin

In Cyberpunk 2077 you level up by neutralising enemies, solving quests, and exploring the world.

You can also earn Street Cred by doing missions for gangs, which will grant you Perk Points and some unique benefits.

You will experience by doing various activities in the game and that experience will level up your character. Levels will earn you a set amount of Attributes and Perk Points to spend and further develop your character.


Cyberpunk 2077 Attributes 

In Cyberpunk 2077, there are 5 core character attributes.

Those attributes are Body, Intelligence, Reflexes, Technical, and Cool. 

When you are creating your character, you will start with three attribute points allocated to each of these attributes, and you will get seven additional points to allocate on the attributes of your choice.

As your character levels up, you'll get more points to spend on attributes.

Cyberpunk 2077 Attributes Guide
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The Body attribute is similar to what other RPGs usually call "strength".

Its focus is primarily on your raw physical power and endurance.

The more you invest in the Body attribute, the more health your character will possess, and a bigger stamina pool as well.

It will improve your various physical characteristics, your melee combat damage and overall strength.

The stronger you are the more interesting gameplay interactions with surroundings you'll unlock. 

You will be able to do things like breaking doors with your hands, carry bodies around as meat-shields and weapons, use heavy weapons, and destroy turrets.



Cyberpunk 2077 Perks Guide
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The Intelligence attribute is a primary attribute if you want to go with some “Netrunner” builds. 

Netrunners are hackers in the world of Cyberpunk 2077 and with higher Intelligence, you'll be able to crack more complex systems, break into your foes' security and cyberware to use it to your advantage.

Investing points in this attribute will unlock increasingly powerful hacking skills and reduce the time you need to complete hacking procedures and data manipulation.

It will also lower the chances for critical failure while hacking and it will make hacking easier in general.



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This attribute covers the area similar to Dexterity or Agility in the usual RPG terminology.

The stronger your reflexes, the more coordination, speed, and precision your character has.

Offensively, it increases your character's competence in using guns and rifles, while also increasing the critical hit rate and melee attack speed.

Defensively, it makes your character faster and more agile, which increases his evasiveness, helping him to dodge incoming attacks.



Cyberpunk 2077 Technical Build Guide
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The Technical attribute is all about proficiency with the various technological wonders that can be found in Cyberpunk 2077. It will allow you to upgrade your weapons and craft various things.

The more you invest in this attribute, the more your character will know about Cyberware and Weapons, and you will be able to maximise their quality and efficiency all by yourself.

The Technical attribute will also allow you to manipulate even the most complex machines, any high-end technology will be like a Tamagotchi for you if you decide to pump points into this attribute.

The Technical attribute will also allow you to spot alternative pathways, as well as hidden locations you wouldn't normally see.



Cyberpunk 2077 Cool Build Guide
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Yes, you read it right. There's an attribute in the game called "Cool".

The Cool attribute is about how composed and calm is your character, how able is he/she to keep his/her cool in tight situations.

The focus of this attribute is primarily on stealth builds, for those of you who like to play a quiet game, neutralizing enemies one by one in the shadows.

The more points you put here, the harder it will be for your enemies to spot you.

But it also helps with the steadiness of hands in general reducing your weapon's recoil.


Cyberpunk 2077 Skills

Cyberpunk 2077 Skills Guide
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In Cyberpunk 2077 there are a total of 12 skills each connected with their corresponding attribute.

Unlike attributes, which you level up by spending points, you level up skills by simply doing what that skill represents, similar to how Elder Scrolls games work.

For example, if you fight with hands or melee weapons, you will level up your Melee skill. 

The upper level of any skill is limited by the level of an attribute which covers that skill.

For example, if your Reflexes attribute is 6, you won't be able to go past level 6 in Rifles no matter how much you use them.

Aside from general improvements of everything the skill represents, the higher the Skill level the more Perks options are available for that Skill.


Skills in Cyberpunk 2077:

  • Shotguns, Two-Handed, Melee, and Athletics Skills are modified by the Body Attribute
  • Hacking Skill is modified by the Intelligence Attribute.
  • Handguns, Rifles, and Blades Skills are modified by the Reflexes Attribute.
  • Engineering Skill is modified by the Technical Attribute.
  • Assassination, Nerve, and Sniper Rifles Skills are modified by the Cool Attribute.

Cyberpunk 2077 Perks Tree

Cyberpunk 2077 Perks Guide
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The final (and arguably the most important) piece of the puzzle when you are building your character is the Perks' Tree.

Perk points modify and improve your character’s Skills and unlock some completely new abilities and functionalities.

In order to unlock Perks, you will need to use your Perk points.

You can earn Perk points by completing missions from the game's myriad of gangs, quests, and other activities.

There are about ~30 Perks per Skill, and some Perks cost more Perk points and require a higher level of the corresponding Skill.

Currently, we only know some perks of Cyberpunk 2077's perks mainly seen in game demos and presentations.

Here are some of the known Cyberpunk 2077 Perks.

Cyberpunk 2077 Handguns Perks

  • Redacted: Land a critical hit and get an armour boost for 20 seconds.

Cyberpunk 2077  Rifles Perks

  • Punisher: Kill an enemy to nullify weapon sway and spread for 10 seconds.

Cyberpunk 2077 Blades Perks

  • Dragon Strike: Strong attacks consume stacked bleeding effects and deal 15% damage.

Cyberpunk 2077 Athletic Perks

  • Gladiator– Reduces damage taken while blocking by 20%.

  • Regeneration – Slowly regenerates health in combat.

  • Pack Mule – Doubles carrying capacity.

  • Invincible - Increases maximum health by 10%.

  • Super Hero Landing – Reduces fall damage by 5%.

  • Multitasker – Lets you shoot while sprinting, sliding and jumping at the same time.

  • Transporter – Lets you shoot and sprint while carrying a body.

  • Hard Motherfucker – At the start of a fight, armour and resistance are increased by 20% for 10 seconds.

Cyberpunk 2077 Engineering Perks

  • Mech Looter – You can loot scrap from drones, robots and mechs and have a 30% chance of finding weapon parts.

  • Blast Shielding – Reduces your explosion damage taken by 10%.

  • Shrapnel  – Adds 20 additional damage to all previous grenade effects.

  • Grenadier – Make the explosion radius of grenades visible to you.

  • Reverse Engineering – Lets you take off weapon mods.

  • You can’t touch this  – You become immune to the effects of your own grenades.


Cyberpunk 2077 Crafting Perks

  • Master Gunsmith – 5% chance of getting an additional prototype component as crafting material for every item made.

  • R&D – Enables you to upgrade items to the legendary quality level.

  • Crazy Science - Increases the sales prices of your items by 25%.


Final Note: This guide is based on the information currently available about the progression system in Cyberpunk 2077.

Not all the details are still known, nor everything written here is 100% confirmed, and things might change by the time the game releases.

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