This is a guide on hacking in Cyberpunk 2077. Read on to learn how to hack, the requirements to hack, and tips and tricks to be a pro hacker!
This is a netrunner's tool of the trade. Any hacker will need a cyberdeck to pull off even the simplest of hacks. Each Cyberdeck will have an amount of RAM, a set of pre-installed hacks, and slots for equipped hacks.
If you compared Cyberpunk 2077 to a traditional RPG, then hacking is like spells, and RAM is mana. Most quickhacks will have a RAM cost, which will increase based on how powerful the hack is. You can increase RAM by buying better Cyberdecks and increasing your Intelligence. You can ever lower the cost with some Perks. Don't worry about running out of RAM, it regenerates outside of combat.
To hack something in the first place you will need to scan enemies or hackable objects. Once you have a target you will be shown your usable hacks, their cost, stats, and effects. Choose the hack you want to use and watch the magic happen!
One of the Quickhacks available is Breach Protocol, which has a specific minigame associated with it. You will be shown a grid of numbers and letters and an input buffer with limited inputs. The goal is to activate a daemon by inputting the correct combination into your buffer. Be quick, as there is a timer that starts after selecting an input.
You will need to choose a cell from the top row. After selecting the input, the column that cell is located in will be highlighted and available for selection. You can only select an input from the highlighted row or column, so plan your route out carefully to avoid blocking your own completion route.
This will continue until you run out of inputs in the buffer, or you have successfully activated or failed to activate all of the available daemons.
Much of this is RNG based, but if your buffer size is higher then you can afford to input the wrong cells to get to the combination you need.
A simple example situation could look like this:
|55 1C E9||ICEpick|
|1C E9 1C||Mass Vulnerability|
|E9 1C 55||Turret Shutdown|
In order to activate all three daemons at once, you would need to search for a sequence that allowed you to go in this order:
|55 1C E9 1C 55|
Some access points will have a larger amount of rows, columns, and cell options, though, so there will be times where it isn't possible to get every daemon without backing out and trying again. The below recommended perks and upgrades will also increase your chances of being able to get multiple daemons in one go. Activating 3 at once will also earn you the Christmas Tree Attack trophy.
|Head Start Perk||Automatically uploads the first of the three sequences|
|Compression Perk||Reduces the Data Sequence Length (minimum of 2)|
|Transmigration Perk||Increases the breach time (time limit)|
|Get a Cyberdeck with a higher Buffer Size||Increases the number of total digits you can enter|
Buying into Perks in the Breach Protocol skill tree, as well as upgrading your Cyberdeck, can help to maximize your potential during the minigame. Improving your Cyberdeck's Buffer Size is particularly helpful, as it will maximize your potential to upload all three sequences.
|Advanced Datamine||Increases eurodollars received from Access Points|
|Datamine Mastermind||Increases Quickhack Components received from Access Points|
|Datamine Virtuoso||Increases the chance of receiving a Quickhack from Access Points|
In addition to upgrades for the mini-game itself, there are also Perks which grant improved rewards for successfully completing Breach Protocol on Access Points. Invest in these to make each hack count!
When using the Breach Protocol, the timer for it will not start until you choose your first input. You can take your time and plan out your moves to get most of the hack.
Hacking costs will increase the further you get into the game. This can make even the most basic hacks even harder to activate on enemies. As you progress you will want to upgrade your Cyberdeck to keep up with the costs.
Finding Access Points to hack with Breach Protocol is a great way to earn some easy money, as well as Quickhack Components used for crafting Quickhacks. Going for the Datamine V3 will be more difficult, but the payout will be worth it.
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