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Cyberpunk 2077 - River Ward

This is a guide on River Ward, a character in Cyberpunk 2077. Learn about how to romance River with our full romance guide, what Side Quests and choices are needed to romance River, and River's effect on the ending of the game.

River Profile and Background

River Ward Image River Ward
Full Name River Ward
Job Detective
District -
Gender Male
Affiliation NCPD
Voice Actor Robbie Daymond

In-Game Description

River Ward thought that nothing could top becoming an NCPD detective - that things could only get easier from there. Well, turns out that always doing the right thing in Night City is harder than just getting a title. Every day far River is a moral struggle - either he plays the game, or he gives up a splice of his soul. If he lets his guard down for even one second, some ganger will get the best of him. In spite of all this, River shows up for work every morning with a can-do attitude. Maybe it's his way of coping, or because he doesn't know how to do anything else.

Quest Appearances

1 I Fought The Law
2 The Hunt
3 Following The River

How to Romance River

River Can Be Romanced

Gender Male
Required Gender for V Female
Required Voice Tone Any

River Ward is available as one of the Romance options, but only for Female body type V. If you're hoping to romance River Ward, be sure to choose a Female character at the start of the game, as this aspect cannot be changed at any time. You can, however, choose the Male voice and still romance River.

River Ward Questline Choices

I Fought The Law
Meet River This will come naturally as part of the quest, so simply go through this quest as normal to get started on River's romance.
The Hunt
Always Side With River
During the conversation with Dr. Packard be sure to take River's side when she goes off on him, so choose the following dialogue options when they appear:
"Hasn't let me down yet."
"I wanna see for myself."
These are timed choices so be sure to pick fast. You will have one more choice later with Johnny that affects this, saying "River's all right."
Hit Me With A Beer During the car ride choose "Sign me up for that beer." when River mentions it.
Edgewood When you view the braindance, scan all of the clues. Finding all of the clues will have River drive directly to the farm, but in the chance that you don't, choose Edgewood when prompted or you won't be able to move on to the final quest.
Help River
After rescuing Randy you have the option to help him out in getting to Harris. Pick "I'll help you." during the conversation to trigger the next quest.
Following The River
Respond to River's Text When River eventually texts you, respond with "How about a new record?" then continue the conversation. Regardless of your responses, flirty or not, he will call you after some more time passes with the quest.
Accept His Invite This goes without saying, but when River calls accept the invite to start the quest and choose the dialogue options that make you seem more interested.
Kiss the Boy
You'll have some opportunities during this quest to give River a smooch. If you're looking to romance him then do it. Keep choosing the choices that show you're interested and after the second kiss, you'll be in a relationship with River.

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Does River Ward Affect the Ending?

Affects the Credits Sequence

Cyberpunk 2077 - Credits Dialogue

River Ward is one of the possible characters who can appear during the credits sequence. River Ward's dialogue in the credits changes based on their relationship with V and your choices during the game, so players will need to maximize their relationship with River Ward to get the best possible dialogue here.

The Sun Ending

If you romanced River you can choose to call him during Nocturne OP55N1. If you choose Rogue's route, he will appear during Path Of Glory before V leaves for space in the Sun ending. He will also still appear in a message to V during the end credits.

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River Story and Side Quests

River Side Quests

I Fought The Law

Cyberpunk 2077 - River Ward in I Fought The Law Quest
V meets the NCPD Detective River Ward after V gets hired by Jefferson Peralez, the running mayor of Night City, to investigate the death of the previous mayor. He's seen first in a braindance killing the cyberpsycho who attempted to kill the mayor before his death. V then meets him at a diner and he helps V investigate the matter.

In the process, he finds out his partner helped cover up the mayor's death, and he's distraught by this revelation. He thanks V nonetheless and goes on his own way for a while.

I Fought The Law Quest
Walkthrough and Rewards

The Hunt

Cyberpunk 2077 - River Ward in The Hunt Quest
Some time later, V gets a call from River asking for his help. Once they meet up, River reveals that a notorious kidnapper has just been apprehended, and his nephew Randy was a victim of that kidnap. The two then break into a lab to find details on the kidnapper, where it is revealed to V that River is suspended.

Afterwards, they proceed to Randy's house where they find clues about the kidnapper. They find something to jog his memory, and then explore his dreams and memories via braindance, then rescue Randy and the other boys.

The Hunt Quest Walkthrough and Rewards

Following the River

Cyberpunk 2077 - River Ward in Following the River Quest
Following that, V is later on invited by River to have dinner at Randy's house. They spend time cooking and playing with River's nephew and niece, then they end up chilling at the top of the nearby water tower overlooking Night City.

If V is female and made the right decisions to show interest in River through the course of his questline, he becomes romanceable during this scene and the two can enter a relationship together.

Following The River Quest
Walkthrough and Rewards

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