This is a walkthrough for The Pickup, a Main Quest in Cyberpunk 2077. Read on to learn all the available choices in The Pickup, how to get the best possible result, tips and strategies for the Quest, and all available rewards.
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List of Contents
Finish The Ride.
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In this guide, we get the chip from Meredith, give them the bugged chip, rescue Brick, and fight our way out of the factory.
You can choose to meet with the Militech agent, Meredith Stout, before visiting Maelstrom. This will have effects on the possible routes you can take during your interactions with Maelstrom.
Call Militech agent Meredith Stout→Meet with the Militech agent→Talk to the Militech agentCall Meredith then go meet her. Agree to her deal to receive the datashard.
Remove the virus from the chipOnce the conversation is over, Meredith will give you a shard to purchase the bot with, if you accept it. You can hack the shard to get a bit of experience and remove the malware to avoid a fight with the Maelstromers.
Meet with Jackie→Talk with Jackie→Go to the gate of All Foods→Use the intercom→Talk with Maelstrom via the intercomMeet Jackie at All Foods and use the intercom to talk to Maelstrom.
Get to main production floor of All Foods→Get in the elevator→Wait with Jackie in the elevatorHead inside and follow the path to their base. Take the elevator upstairs.
Talk to the Maelstromers→Sit on the couchPlant yourself on the couch and talk to Dum Dum. Calm Jackie down to avoid an immediate firefight.
Regardless of what you say during the following conversation with Royce, you'll end up having to fight with Maelstrom, unless you hacked the datashard from Meredith Stout in advance.
Defeat the Maelstromers (cancels Talk to Maelstromers objective)→Talk to JackieTake down Royce and the Maelstromers if you don't have the chip or did not take off the malware from the chip.
Take the Flathead→Pass through the maintenance tunnel→Turn on the production line to clear passageGo through the area, bringing down the Maelstromers as you go.
Escape from All Foods→Defeat Maelstrom/Defeat Royce and his crew→Find a way to free Brick (optional)As you enter the last room, you will either have to defeat a set of Maelstrom members or Royce in a mech (if you didn't calm Jackie down earlier). Further, you will have the option to free Brick.
Follow Jackie→Call Dex→Talk to DexMeredith will appear here if you fail to calm Jackie down or gave the datashard without wiping off the malware. Call Dex to end this quest.
If you hacked the Datashard from Meredith Stout, you'll be able to make a deal with the Maelstromers. This will lead you to deal with Militech soldiers instead of Maelstromers for the remainder of the Quest.
Defeat the Militech agentsIf you took this route, Militech will storm the Maelstroms base once you obtain the Flathead.
Follow Dum Dum to the production line where you'll be attacked by Militech soldiers.
Pick off any Militech soldiers that fire at you and run towards the exit. You will have to take out two mechs before you can leave the base.
If you wiped the malware off the datashard, you'll speak with Anthony Gilchrist from earlier.
Call up Dex to finish the quest.
This list contains only rare Items and those which have a high chance of appearing.
|Item||How to Get|
|Chaos||This pistol can be found on Royce's body if you defeat him.|
Talking with Meredith Stout will give you the eddies to strike a deal with the Maelstrom gang. Check the The Chip section to know what will happen.
This will make things simpler. Since it is unlikely that you have 10,000 eddies with you, the mission will almost always be a gun fight against Maelstromers.
At the beginning of the meeting with Maelstrom, you will have the option to calm Jackie down as Maelstromers are forcing him to do so. Calming him down will allow you to make a deal with the Maelstromers.
Choosing not to calm Jackie will instantly bring you into a fight with the Maelstromers. This will end up having to fight Royce in a mech in the final room.
In this situation, you can choose to pay off Malestrom instead of fighting them or stealing the bot. You will instead have to escape All Foods while being attacked by Militech soldiers.
And in the end, you will find out from Anthony Gilchrist that Meredith Stout is dead and he sent the Militech soldiers.
Not wiping the malware from the chip will put you in a similar situation, however you will have to fight Royce in a mech in the final room.
You can opt to make a new deal with Royce and you can offer the Chip to him. See the Chip section as to the effects of handing him a wiped or a non-wiped chip.
Choosing an option that seems to be taunting Royce in any way will put you in a situation with a chance to kill him. If you do, this will ensue a fight with the Maelstromers but you don't need to fight Royce in a mech.
You will find Brick, the former leader of the Maelstrom gang, imprisoned in one of rooms if you don't wipe the malware from the chip. You can choose to free him or leave him be.
Simply continue down the path and disregard him.
You'll have to find the computer that contains the code to his door, which is 9691, and then you'll need a Tech of 7 to disarm the mine pointing him. Freeing him will indebt him to you and will pay dividends when you meet him in the Side Job Second Conflict.
There is an internal power struggle within Militech between Meredith Stout and Anthony Gilchrist. The choices you make affect who comes out the victor. This will affect you later on as the victor will contact you and give you rewards.
For Meredith Stout to win, any one of these conditions must be met:
For Anthony to win, any one of these conditions must be met:
If your Lifepath is the Nomad and Corpo, doing the optional meet with Meredith Stout will open up unique dialogue options, however they don't amount to anything.
If you get into the firefight with the Maelstromers and choose to fight, grenades deal plenty of damage to multiple targets
At the end of the mission, when you exit the building, you'll find that corpos surrounding the building. If Jackie is not outside with you and remains in the building, one of the corpos will block your way from accessing him, rendering the Talk to Jackie objective undoable.
A possible way to circumvent this is by not rushing out to talk to whoever is outside, waiting for Jackie to follow you. If he's in the doorway and is stuck there, it's possible to talk to him at a certain angle.
Royce's mech has an intelligent shield that negates damage when hit. One of the ways to disable it is to destroy the battery at the back of his suit by shooting at it or using grenades. Alternatively, you can sneak up to him and disable the battery with a takedown.
When Royce is reloading his weapon, it will be the ideal time to get in as close as possible and shoot his battery, or his head for damage.
Using charged shots from Tech Weapons will allow you to shoot through his shield.
The perk Bladerunner increases your damage against mechanical enemies, like Royce.
There are three types of quickhacks that are effective against Royce.
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|5||The Information||The Pickup|
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|8||I Walk The Line|
|9||Transmission||Never Fade Away|
|1.5*||Don't Fear the Reaper|
|2||Last Caress||We Gotta Live Together||For Whom The Bell Tolls|
|3||Totalimmortal||Forward To Death||Knockin' On Heaven's Door|
|4||Where Is My Mind?||Belly Of The Beast||
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|5||All Along The Watchtower|
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My results of this quest dotn match for some reason. I took the chip from Stout, went to the meeting, killed Royce in dialog, and obviously didnt use the chip, fought Maelstrom on the way out. I was expecting Stout but got Gilchrest.
>>16 In that scenario, you are fighting Royce in a mech-suit at the end, rather than just shooting him in the head, then Dum Dum & co; and instead the end room has 3 goons. Much easier.
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I'd really like to see a flowchart with all the Main Quests, Side Quests, and Gigs that exist so we can easily see what you need to do before unlocking XYZ quest (kind of like they did here https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/cyberpunk-2077-walkthrough-main-story-quest-list-main-missions-order-5077 except with everything, not just the Main ones)
Getting splotches and phantom trees and countryside images while out in the Badlands or other areas. Also occurs sporadically in any indoors... these ghost images come and go... started from day 1...
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