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This is a guide to the Annihilation 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.

Annihilation Skill Progression Guide

How to Level Up Annihilation

Defeat enemies and land headshots with Shotguns, Light Machine Guns and Heavy Machine Guns.

Annihilation Skill Progression Rewards

1 2 3 4
- Reduces the ADS Time of your Shotguns, Light Machine Guns and Heavy Machine Guns by 20%. +1 Perk Point(s) Reduces the Recoil of your Shotguns, Light Machine Guns and Heavy Machine Guns by 10%.
5 6 7 8
Reduces the Spread of your Shotguns, Light Machine Guns and Heavy Machine Guns by 25%. +1 Perk Point(s) Increases Crit Chance by 5% when using Shotguns, Light Machine Guns and Heavy Machine Guns. Reduces the Recoil of your Shotguns, Light Machine Guns and Heavy Machine Guns by 10%.
9 10 11 12
+1 Perk Point(s) +1 Perk Point(s) Increases Crit Damage by 20% when using Shotguns, Light Machine Guns and Heavy Machine Guns. +1 Perk Point(s)
13 14 15 16
Reduces the Recoil of your Shotguns, Light Machine Guns and Heavy Machine Guns by 10%. Reduces the Recoil of your Shotguns, Light Machine Guns and Heay Machine Guns by 15%. +1 Perk Point(s) Reduces the Spread of your Shotguns, Light Machine Guns and Heavy Machine Guns by 25%.
17 18 19 20
Reduces the Spread of your Shotguns, Light Machine Guns and Heavy Machine Guns by 10%. +1 Perk Point(s) Reduces the Recoil of your Shotguns, Light Machine Guns and Heavy Machine Guns by 15%. Unlocks the last Perk in the Skill tree.

List of Annihilation Perks and How to Unlock

Perk Attr. Level Effect at Lv. 1 Rating & Reason
Hail of Bullets
Hail of Bullets
3 Shotguns and Light Machine Guns deal 3% more damage. A Rank Icon
Gives a nice damage increase to LMG and shotguns.
Pump It, Louder!
Pump It, Louder!
5 Reduces recoil of Shotguns and Light Machine Guns by 10%. C Rank Icon
Recoil on these guns are not a big deal and with shotguns you will have to be really close and recoil will not be a problem at that range.
In Your Face
In Your Face
5 Reduces reload time of Shotguns and Light Machine Guns by 20%. S Rank Icon
Give you a significant increase in DPS by reducing downtime of reloads. This allows you attack more and be vulnerable less.
Dead Center
Dead Center
7 Increases damage to torsos by 10%. S Rank Icon
The damage increase is good. Only applies to Shotguns and LMGs.
Bloodrush
Bloodrush
7 Increases movement speed in combat by 5% while carrying a Shotgun or Light Machine Gun. B Rank Icon
The slight speed boost isn't very noticeable. Speed boost can help a bit and doesn't hurt.
Mongoose
Mongoose
9 Increases Evasion by 25% while reloading. C Rank Icon
Evasion perks in the game are bugged and do not work as intended at the time of rating this perk.
Bulldozer
Bulldozer
9 Increases Crit Chance with Shotguns and Light Machine Guns by 10%. A Rank Icon
A crit chance will increase your DPS. Good on shotguns as each of the pellets from a shotgun has its own chance to crit.
Momentum Shift
Momentum Shift
11 Defeating an enemy increases movement speedy by 10% for 10 sec. A Rank Icon
Movement speed after taking out an enemy can help you get in and out of combat when you need it. Only works for Shotguns and LMGs
Massacre
Massacre
11 Increases Crit Damage with Shotguns and Light Machine Guns by 15%. S Rank Icon
More Critical Damage is always good on shotguns and LMGs. Pairs well with Bulldozer.
Heavy Lead
Heavy Lead
12 Shotguns and Light Machine Guns knock back enemies with more force. C Rank Icon
Its effects are hard to notice. Even without it you still knockback enemies with enough force for them to get knocked down.
Skeet Shooter
Skeet Shooter
12 Deal 15% more damage to moving targets. A Rank Icon
If you are moving around while you fight, so will the enemies. This will increase your damage, although not consistently. Only works with Shotguns and LMGs.
Manic
Manic
14 When entering combat, your movement speed increases by 20% for 10 sec. B Rank Icon
Useful to get in close for shotguns at the start of fights. But its duration is short. Only works for Shotguns and LMGs.
Unstoppable
Unstoppable
14 Dismembering an enemy increases fire rate by 10% for 8 sec. Stocks up to 3 times. B Rank Icon
Can increase their fire rate but the relies on dismembering to do so, making it less consistent. Only applies to Shotguns and LMGs.
Speed Demon
Speed Demon
16 You deal more damage the faster you're moving. A Rank Icon
Can increase your damage a bit when walking and shooting and increases it even more when running and shooting. Only works for Shotguns and LMG.
Burn Baby Burn
Burn Baby Burn
16 Doubles the duration of Burn. B Rank Icon
Works with the Overheat Quickhack and other burn effects that come from Shotguns and LMGs. The increase length can add more damage but takes time.
Poppin
Poppin' Off
18 Shotguns have a 25% higher chance of dismembering enemies. C Rank Icon
The ability to dismember does not increase your combat effectiveness. Dismembering only happens upon killing an enemy. It can help with other perks that require dismembering, unfortunately they are not good enough to warrant getting this perk.
Hit the Deck
Hit the Deck
18 Increases damage to staggered and knocked-down enemies by 10%. C Rank Icon
Can find a use in certain shotguns builds.
Biathlete
Biathlete
20 Weapon spread does not increase whle moving. B Rank Icon
Good, but only if you take multitasker perk, allowing you to run and gun.
Currently UnavailableBloodbath Level 20 in Annihilation Dismembering enemies reduces weapon recoil by 50% for 6 sec.
+1 per Perk level.
B Rank Icon
Decreased recoil is useful but there are not a lot of weapons that can dismember and benefits from such a large recoil reduction.

Best Annihilation Perks

Perk Attr. Level Effect at Lv. 1 Rating & Reason
In Your Face
In Your Face
5 Reduces reload time of Shotguns and Light Machine Guns by 20%. S Rank Icon
Give you a significant increase in DPS by reducing downtime of reloads. This allows you attack more and be vulnerable less.
Dead Center
Dead Center
7 Increases damage to torsos by 10%. S Rank Icon
The damage increase is good. Only applies to Shotguns and LMGs.
Massacre
Massacre
11 Increases Crit Damage with Shotguns and Light Machine Guns by 15%. S Rank Icon
More Critical Damage is always good on shotguns and LMGs. Pairs well with Bulldozer.

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