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This is a guide to the Blades Skill Tree in Cyberpunk 2077. Learn how to level up the Skill Progression for this Skill Tree, all Perks available, and how to unlock all its Perks.

Blades Skill Progression Guide

How to Level Up Blades

Defeat enemies with katanas, knives, and blades.

Blades Skill Progression Rewards

1 2 3 4
- Increases the Attack Speed of your Katanas, Blades and Mantis Blades by 10%. +1 Perk Point(s) +10 Stamina Cost Reduction While Attacking when using Katanas, Blades, or Mantis Blades.
5 6 7 8
+2% Effective Damager Per Second (DPS) when using Katanas, Blades or Mantis Blades. +10 Crit Damage when using Katanas, Blades or Mantis Blades. +5% Crit Chance when using Katanas, Blades or Mantis Blades. +1 Perk Point(s)
9 10 11 12
+1 Perk Point(s) +1 Perk Point(s) Increases the Attack Speed of your Katanas, blades and Mantis Blades by 10%. +10% Stamina Cost Reductoin While Attacking when using Katanas, Blades or Mantis Blades.
13 14 15 16
Increases the Attack Speed of your Katanas, Blades and Mantis Blades by 10%. +1 Perk Point(s) Increases the Block Damage Reduction of your Katanas, Blades and Mantis Blades by 25%. +1 Perk Point(s)
17 18 19 20
+1 Perk Point(s) Increases Stamina by 5. +3% Effective Damage Per Second (DPS) when using Katanas, Blades or Mantis Blades. Unlocks the last Perk in the Skill tree.

List of Blades Perks and How to Unlock

Perk Attr. Level Effect at Lv. 1 Rating & Reason
Sting Like a Bee
Sting Like a Bee
3 Increases attack speed with Blades by 10%. S Rank Icon
Useful for performing Blade Combos much faster.
Roaring Waters
Roaring Waters
3 Strong Attacks with Blades deal 30% more damage. S Rank Icon
Essential skill that makes your Blade weapon even deadlier.
Crimson Dance
Crimson Dance
4 Combos with Blades have a 15% chance to apply Bleeding. A Rank Icon
Useful against enemies with large Health, as Bleeding would kill them much faster.
Slow and Steady
Slow and Steady
4 Armor is increased by 15% while moving. A Rank Icon
This allows you to survive longer in combat, as it increases your protection whilst maneuvering around enemies.
Flight of the Sparrow
Flight of the Sparrow
6 Reduces the Stamina cost of all attack with Blades by 30% S Rank Icon
Essential skill that improves your flow with Blades and making your Stamina less of a worry.
Offensive Defense
Offensive Defense
6 Defensive Attacks with Blades deal 200% more damage. B Rank Icon
Defensive Attacks can be tricky to pull-off sometimes, so this skill shouldn't be a priority to acquire.
Shifting Sands
Shifting Sands
8 Dodging recovers 15% Stamina. A Rank Icon
Useful for recovering your Stamina in critical situations.
Stuck Pig
Stuck Pig
8 Increases Bleeding duration by 3 sec. A Rank Icon
Applying Bleeding causes enemies to suffer damage over time, so making it last longer is definitely helpful.
Blessed Blade
Blessed Blade
10 Increases Crit Chance with Blades by 20%. A Rank Icon
Critical Hits are particularly useful in finishing off opponents quickly - and making it happen more often is definitely helpful.
Unbroken Spirit
Unbroken Spirit
10 Successful Counterattacks with Blades restore 25% Health and Stamina. B Rank Icon
Useful for recovering your Health and Stamina in critical situations.
Bloodlust
Bloodlust
12 While wielding a Blade, recovers 7% Health when applying Bleeding to an enemy or hitting an enemy affected by Bleeding. C Rank Icon
The amount of Health that can be recovered with this skill doesn't make it worthwhile.
Float Like a Butterfly
Float Like a Butterfly
12 Dodging increases damage with Blades by 35% for 5 sec. S Rank Icon
Perfect for performing counterattacks against melee-wielding enemies.
Judge, Jury and Executioner
Judge, Jury and Executioner
15 Increases damage with Blades by 50% against enemies with max Health. S Rank Icon
Very useful when beginning a fight, as you can kill initial targets with full Health quicker.
Fiery Blast
Fiery Blast
15 Increases damage with Blades by 1% for every 1% of Health the enemy is missing. S Rank Icon
Makes your Blade weapon much deadlier every time you cause damage against enemies.
Crimson Tide
Crimson Tide
18 Bleeding applied with Blades can stack 3 times. A Rank Icon
Applying Bleeding causes enemies to suffer damage over time, so stacking the effect multiple times is definitely helpful.
Deathbolt
Deathbolt
18 While wielding a Blade, defeating an enemy restores 20% Health and increases movement speed by 30% for 5 sec. A Rank Icon
Useful for recovering your Health and evading enemies after getting a kill.
Currently UnavailableDragon Strike Level 20 in Blades Increases Crit Damage with Blades by 25%.
+1% per Perk level.
S Rank Icon
Adding Critical Damage is helpful in finishing off enemies.

Best Blades Perks

Perk Attr. Level Effect at Lv. 1 Rating & Reason
Sting Like a Bee
Sting Like a Bee
3 Increases attack speed with Blades by 10%. S Rank Icon
Useful for performing Blade Combos much faster.
Roaring Waters
Roaring Waters
3 Strong Attacks with Blades deal 30% more damage. S Rank Icon
Essential skill that makes your Blade weapon even deadlier.
Flight of the Sparrow
Flight of the Sparrow
6 Reduces the Stamina cost of all attack with Blades by 30% S Rank Icon
Essential skill that improves your flow with Blades and making your Stamina less of a worry.
Float Like a Butterfly
Float Like a Butterfly
12 Dodging increases damage with Blades by 35% for 5 sec. S Rank Icon
Perfect for performing counterattacks against melee-wielding enemies.
Judge, Jury and Executioner
Judge, Jury and Executioner
15 Increases damage with Blades by 50% against enemies with max Health. S Rank Icon
Very useful when beginning a fight, as you can kill initial targets with full Health quicker.
Fiery Blast
Fiery Blast
15 Increases damage with Blades by 1% for every 1% of Health the enemy is missing. S Rank Icon
Makes your Blade weapon much deadlier every time you cause damage against enemies.
Currently UnavailableDragon Strike Level 20 in Blades Increases Crit Damage with Blades by 25%.
+1% per Perk level.
S Rank Icon
Adding Critical Damage is helpful in finishing off enemies.

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