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Melee Build

This is a guide to the Best Blunt Melee Weapon Build for Cyberpunk 2077 Patch 1.6. Read our guide for details about the build, what attributes to level up, which perks to choose, and what weapons and cyberwares to use.

Blunt Weapon Build Overview

Basic Information

Blunt Melee Weapon Build
Main Attributes Body
Main Perk Trees Street Brawler (Body)
Athletics (Body)
Cold Blood (Cool)
Crafting (Tech)
Ninjutsu (Cool)
Main Weapons / Arm Cyberware Gold-Plated Baseball Bat
Tinker Bell
Gorilla Arms / Projectile Launch System
Operating System Militech Berserk MK.5
Zetatech Berserk MK.5

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
• Whack enemies with huge damage, then move on to the next one
• Perks and cyberwares bolster your offense and defense
• Low Intelligence attribute limits access to quichacks, and makes them vulnerable to enemy netrunners.
• Ineffective against a crowd of enemies, snipers

Blunt Weapon Best Attribute Build

Attribute Progression

This Blunt Weapon build relies on Street Brawler's perk tree which allows you to effectively clobber your foes with ease. Damage is bolstered with Cold Blood perks while your defenses and healing are boosted by perks from Athletics' tree.

Focus on leveling your Body and Cool attributes at the early stages of the game to improve your damage output. Once you're set, pour your remaining attribute points to Technical Ability so you can craft Legendary Blunt weapons and take advantage of damage-boosting perks under Crafting!

Build Attributes
Lv. Body Reflex Tech Int Cool
1 6 3 4 3 6
10 12 3 4 3 9
50 20 8 20 3 20

Blunt Weapon Build Best Perks

Street Brawler (Body)

Perk Effect at Lv. 1
Crushing Blows IconCrushing Blows Increases damage from Strong Attacks with Blunt Weapons by 10%.
Dazed IconDazed All attacks with Blunt Weapns have a 15% chance to apply Stun.
Efficient Blows IconEfficient Blows Reduces the Stamina cost of all attacks with Blunt Weapons by 25%.
Flurry IconFlurry Increases damage from combo attacks with Blunt Weapons by 30%.
Frenzy IconFrenzy Defeating an enemy increases damage with Blunt Weapons by 30% for 5 sec.
Guerrilla IconGuerrilla Increases Crit Damage by 60% for 10 sec. after entering combat.
+2% per Perk level.
Human Fortress IconHuman Fortress Reduces the Stamina cost of blocking attacks by 50% while using a Blunt Weapon.
Juggernaut IconJuggernaut Increases Armor by 15% while blocking with a Blunt Weapon.
Opportune Strike IconOpportune Strike Increases damage with Blunt Weapons against enemies affected by Stun by 50%.
Payback IconPayback Increases damage with Blunt Weapons by 1% for every 1% of missing Health.
Relentless IconRelentless Successful attacks with Blunt Weapons against enemies affected by Stun restore 20% Stamina.
Rush IconRush Successful attacks with Blunt Weapons regenerate 3% Health over 2 sec.
Thrash IconThrash Strong Attacks with Blunt Weapons reduce the target's Armor by 20% for 7 sec.
Unshakable IconUnshakable Successful attacks with Blunt Weapons against enemies affected by Stun restore 5% Health and 5% Stamina.

The core perk tree for this Blunt Weapon build is Street Brawler. Perks under this tree not only boost your damage, but give you offensive and defensive buffs as well.

Prioritize getting Flurry and Efficient Blows early on to boost your damage and alleviate stamina loss from attacking. As you get more perks, aim to stun your targets and take advantage of Dazed, Opportune Strike, and Unshakable.

If you think you're faring well in close encounters and don't see yourself blocking as much, you can skip getting perks related to blocking and level up other perks instead.

Street Brawler Perks

Athletics (Body)

Perk Effect at Lv. 1
Dog of War IconDog of War Increases Health regen in combat by 30%.
Epimorphosis IconEpimorphosis Increases Health regen threshold from 60% to 65% in combat and to 100% out of combat.
Indestructible IconIndestructible Reduces all incoming damage by 10%.
Invincible IconInvincible Increases max Health by 15%.
Marathoner IconMarathoner Sprinting does not drain Stamina.
Regeneration IconRegeneration Health slowly regenerates during combat.
Steel And Chrome IconSteel And Chrome Increases melee damage by 10%.
Steel Shell IconSteel Shell Increases Armor by 10%.
Tenacious V IconTenacious V Getting hit does not interrupt Health regeneration.
Wolverine IconWolverine Health regen activates 20% faster during combat.

Athletics perks are obtained mainly for defense. These perks increase your health regeneration and armor.

Obtain Regeneration and Epimorphosis to boost your health recovery early in the game. This will keep you alive in fights as you wander around the field, which is important especially if you are facing several enemies with guns who can shoot you from afar.

Stamina-boosting perks are not prioritized in this build as you can regenerate stamina by other means, and your stamina is increased each time you level up your Body attribute.

Athletics Perks

Cold Blood (Cool)

Perk Effect at Lv. 1
Cold and Calculating IconCold and Calculating Landing a Crit Hit has 50% chance of applying a stack of Cold Blood.
Cold Blood IconCold Blood After defeating an enemy, gain Cold Blood for 7 sec. and increase movement speed by 2%. Stacks up to 1 time. The duration of each additional stack is 1 sec. shorter.
Coldest Blood IconColdest Blood Increases max stack amount for Cold Blood by 1.
Coolagulant IconCoolagulant Stacks of Cold Blood are removed one by one, not all at once.
Critical Condition IconCritical Condition Increases duration of Cold Blood by 25%
Defensive Clotting IconDefensive Clotting Increases Armor by 4% per stack of Cold Blood.
Pain Is An Illusion IconPain Is An Illusion While Cold Blood is active, reduces damage taken by 5%.
Predator IconPredator Increases attack speed by 10% per stack of Cold Blood.
Rapid Bloodflow IconRapid Bloodflow Increase Health regen inside and outside combat by 5% per stack of Cold Blood.

As with other offensive builds, getting perks under Cool's perk tree can give you helpful buffs upon eliminating your targets.

Start with Cold Blood, and branch out to Critical Condition and Defensive Clotting as you progress early in the game.

Cold Blood Perks

Crafting (Tech)

Perk Effect at Lv. 1
Cutting Edge IconCutting Edge Improves damage and all damage-related stats of crafted weapons by 5%.
Edgerunner Artisan IconEdgerunner Artisan Allows you to craft Legendary items.
Field Technician IconField Technician Crafted weapons deal 5% more damage.
Grease Monkey IconGrease Monkey Allows you to craft Epic items.

The following perks under Crafting are obtained midgame to help you easily squash enemies later on with the help of crafted Legendary weapons.

Getting Cutting Edge and Field Technician will allow you to deal more damage when using weapons you crafted yourself.

Crafting Perks

Ninjutsu (Cool)

Perk Effect at Lv. 1
Assassin IconAssassin Deal 15% more damage to human enemies.
From The Shadows IconFrom The Shadows Upon entering combat, Crit Chance increases by 10% for 7 sec.

These perks are treated as tertiary and can even be optional. If you have perk points to spare, you can get these perks easily as you will unlock them since you are already raising your Cool attribute for Cold Blood.

Ninjutsu Perks

Blunt Weapon Build Best Weapons

Gold-Plated Baseball Bat

Gold-Plated Baseball Bat size:75x75Gold-Plated Baseball Bat
Effect High chance to apply Bleeding. Low chance to apply Stun.

Considered to be the best Blunt Weapon in the game, you can obtain the Gold-Plated Baseball Bat in Second Conflict.

Aim to get the Legendary version of this weapon via crafting and take full advantage of all the perks you obtained in Body, Cool, and Tech.

Tinker Bell

Tinker Bell size:75x75Tinker Bell
Effect Deals less damage, but with a chance to knock out a target using a Strong Attack.

Tinker Bell can be used as an alternative along with Gorilla Arms if you still don't have access to Gold-Plated Baseball Bat. Knock enemies out with Tinker Bell and finish them off with your Gorilla Arms!

Blunt Weapon Build Best Cyberwares

Operating System

Militech Berserk MK.5

Cyberware Effect (Legendary/Iconic)
Cyberpunk 2077 - Militech Berserk MK.5Militech Berserk MK.5 When active, It reduces weapon recoil by 15%, increases melee damage by 15%, and increases Armor and Resistances by 10%. Duration: 60 sec. Cooldown: 60 sec.
・While Berserk is active, jumping from a high height initiates a Superhero Landing, causing you to fall at high speed and land with enough force to create a shockwave that damages nearby enemies.
・Defeating enemies restores 5% max Health when Berserk is active.
・Gain 40% more max Health and Stamina when Berserk is active.

Zetatech Berserk MK.5

Cyberware Effect (Legendary/Iconic)
Cyberpunk 2077 - Zetatech Berserk MK.5Zetatech Berserk MK.5 When active, It reduces weapon recoil by 20%, increases melee damage by 20%, and increases Armor and Resistances by 10%. Duration: 30 sec. Cooldown: 30 sec.・
While Berserk is active, jumping from a high height initiates a Superhero Landing, causing you to fall at high speed and land with enough force to create a shockwave that damages nearby enemies.
・Defeating enemies restores 5% max Health when Berserk is active.

This build will utilize Berserk Operating Systems to take advantage of maxing the Body attribute to 20.

These Operating Systems synergizes well with melee builds and will give you both offensive and defensive boosts!

Arms Cyberware

Gorilla Arms

Cyberware Effect (Legendary)
Cyberpunk 2077 - Gorilla ArmsGorilla Arms Gorilla Arms charge with each attack. When you perform a Strong Attack, they deal bonus damage based on the charge level. Gorilla Arms also allow you to force open locked doors and rip turrets from their bosses. Three mod slot available (kunckles, battery, universe).

Projectile Launch System

Cyberware Effect (Legendary)
Cyberpunk 2077 - Projectile Launch SystemProjectile Launch System The Projectile Launcher allows you to unleash various powerful projectiles, dealing various types of damage as well as causing explosions and applying status effects. But most importantly, it wreaks mayhem and destruction. Three slot available (missiles, wiring, universal).

Gorilla Arms is in itself a Blunt Weapon that you can use as your primary weapon, which can be useful if you don't own any good weapons yet.

If you feel like you are having a hard time running around the area to close in on your targets, you can equip Projectile Launch system instead so you can eliminate enemies who are far away from you.

Other Cyberwares


Cyberware Effect (Common)
Cyberpunk 2077 - Heal-on-KillHeal-on-Kill Instantly restores 2% Health after defeating an enemy.

Pain Editor

Cyberware Effect (Legendary)
Cyberpunk 2077 - Pain EditorPain Editor Reduces all incoming damage by 10%.

Subdermal Armor

Cyberware Effect (Legendary)
Cyberpunk 2077 - Subdermal ArmorSubdermal Armor Increases Armor by 300.


Cyberware Effect (Uncommon)
Cyberpunk 2077 - MicrorotorsMicrorotors Increases attack speed by 10%.

The recommended cyberwares listed will further help you offensively and defensively, increasing the effectiveness of the buffs you get from your perks.

How to Play the Blunt Weapon Build

Start with Heavy Attacks

Hold down the attack button and release it once you are near your target to do a heavy attack. This is done to take advantage of Thrash which reduces your enemy's armor if they are hit with a strong attack.

This will soften up even the toughest enemies and may even knock them down, which then you can follow up with an onslaught of regular attacks!

Take Advantage of Health-Restoring Perks

Getting the HP-recovering perks under Street Brawler, Athletics, and Cold Blood will help you stay alive even if you don't heal manually with Injectors. This is extremely useful as you will have less time healing and more time clobbering!

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