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This is a guide on how to unlock the secret Don't Fear the Reaper ending in Cyberpunk 2077. Learn all the required steps to unlock the secret ending, a complete walkthrough of the mission, and all possible results of this ending.

How to Get the Secret Ending

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Here are the steps we took to achieve the secret ending! Some different dialogue options may allow you to reach the secret ending as well, but these are the choices that worked for us.

Full Explanation

To unlock the secret ending, “Don't Fear the Reaper,” you will need to take steps in order to give Johnny Silverhand more and more control of V's body. The following choices will influence the percentage in the middle of your character screen, which Johnny's percentage, to the required 70%.

If you missed a certain cutscene or dialogue option, it is still possible to obtain 70% and the secret ending, so do not despair! Several choices can be taken and end up with the same percentage. Also, certain sequences can even trigger the secret ending at percentages as low as 50%, so you may not need to restart your entire game to get this ending.

In short, the dialogue choices will be mostly neutral or supportive towards Johnny's opinions. Avoid taking any of the pills that send him away. It will not increase your percentage.

Objective Icon.pngDuring the quest The Pickup, get the payment chip from Meredith Stout and let Maelstrom know the chip is bugged (Optional)
Objective Icon.pngComplete the quest Search and Destroy
Objective Icon.pngDuring the quest Tapeworm, agree with Johnny and avoid hostile conversation options
Objective Icon.pngGo to the Afterlife in the mission Chippin' In and let Johnny take control
Objective Icon.pngShoot Grayson and take the Access Key
Objective Icon.pngSpeak with Johnny at his grave by the oil fields and select the correct dialogue
Objective Icon.pngComplete Blistering Love by calling Rogue and going on a date with her as Johnny
Objective Icon.pngComplete Holdin' On
Objective Icon.pngComplete Second Conflict
Objective Icon.pngAfter perfoming with the band in the mission A Like Supreme, speak with Kerry at the bar
Objective Icon.pngDuring the mission Nocturne OP55N1, after heading to the roof with Misty, tell Johnny you think him and Rogue should make the run on Arasaka.
Objective Icon.pngAfter Johnny asks you if you are sure, wait for 5 minutes without choosing a dialogue option. This will trigger a secret dialogue by Johnny and begin the secret ending

After talking with Hellman, V will go outside and talk to Johnny. During this sequence, the important thing is to let Johnny talk. Do not take any pills to shut him up during your conversation.

Tapeworm Dialogue Choices

Johnny Silverhand 25%

After talking with Hellman, V will go outside and talk to Johnny. During this sequence, the important thing is to let Johnny talk. Do not take any pills to shut him up during your conversation.

Objective Icon.pngWhy're we talkin' about this?
Objective Icon.pngSeem to know a lot about my past
Objective Icon.pngWhy can't you just leave me alone?
Objective Icon.pngIncapable of sitting still, letting anything go, aren't you?
Objective Icon.pngYou've become no one - makes you anxious as fuck
Objective Icon.pngYeah
Objective Icon.pngDamn straight
Objective Icon.pngLet's blow, getta outta here
Objective Icon.pngJohnny...

When speaking with Hanako Arasaka (Stranger) in the motel room.

Objective Icon.pngOk, so what happens now?
Objective Icon.pngGonna help each other
Objective Icon.pngTracked down Hellman. Got the Relic's schematics.
Objective Icon.png(To Johnny) We got what we wanted

After waking up in Pacifica, do not mention Johnny taking over your bodily negatively or take any pills. Thank him for getting you to safety.

Objective Icon.pngWhy bring me here?
Objective Icon.pngThanks for helping
Objective Icon.pngI think I'm gonna die soon
Objective Icon.pngYes (when asked if you would take a bullet for Johnny)
Objective Icon.pngI'd do the same for you
Objective Icon.pngGot a better idea?
Objective Icon.pngUnderstood
Objective Icon.pngSo I tell Rogue everything?
Objective Icon.pngTell me what you're planning
Objective Icon.pngOk, I'll give you control

Chippin' In Dialogue Choices

After Johnny takes over at the Afterlife, you will have several choices to make.

Objective Icon.pngChoose Tequila at the bar
Objective Icon.pngGet "The other one" tattoo (heart that says Johnny + V)
Objective Icon.pngTake the right pill
Objective Icon.png Punch the guy in the bathroom (Fuck, how I misssed this)
Objective Icon.pngKill Grayson at the docks with Rogue (Don't want anything from you)
Objective Icon.pngAt Johnny's grave, choose "The Guy who Saved My Life"
Objective Icon.pngNah, fucked that up too
Objective Icon.pngWhat do you want from me?
Objective Icon.pngOK, but as second chances go, this is your last

Wait for Five Minutes During the Nocturne OP55N1 Decision

All Ending Choices.png

During the Point of No Return when making the decision on the roof with Johnny, you'll need to tell Johnny that you are not good at goodbyes and suggest that he and Rogue should be the ones to take Arasaka Tower.

When the next dialogue options appears, the one with the option to take the pills, wait without making a choice for five minutes.

Once Johnny suggests the option of a “wild suicide run”, agree to go ahead with it and the secret ending will begin.

Objective Icon.pngThink you and Rogue should go
Objective Icon.pngWait 5 minutes to trigger hidden dialouge
Objective Icon.pngLet's hear this plan
Objective Icon.pngMeans goin' out with a bang - I like it

Keep a Good Relationship with Johnny

Ending Routes.jpg

The three gauges appearing on the Menu screen each seem to indicate the player's progress in a specific aspect of the story. Acquiring a high value in the middle gauge is thought to be key to unlocking the Secret Ending.

If certain choices are missed during the game, it will become impossible to reach the required percentage on the middle gauge and unlock the Secret Ending, so be sure to save the game frequently to make sure you can revert to a point where you can redo your choices.

Gauge Meaning How to Increase
Left Gauge V Continue the Main Story.
Middle Gauge Johnny Make choices which make Johnny happy. Being understanding but not overly praising him is best.
Right Gauge The Relic Make choices which displease Johnny, such as being overly resentful or insulting.

The Secret Ending Walkthrough

Arasaka Tower Video Guide

Our playthrough of getting through Arasaka Tower!

How to Get Through Arasaka Tower

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Below is a list of the gear we used while going through Arasaka Tower. We recommend using this gear.

Weapon Comrade's Hammer
Quickhacks Short Circuit, Contagion, Overheat
Cyberware Projectile Launch System with Tranquilizer Rounds

Getting through Arasaka Tower in the Secret Ending is one of the toughest challenges in the game. If you die during the raid, the credits will roll and you'll have to go back to a previous file for another attempt. You'll want to be sure to max out all your levels and stats, and that you are prepared with the Best Weapons and Best Clothing before attempting it.

To get through this gauntlet, you'll need to make your way through Arasaka Tower's main entrance, find an elevator, and then reach Mikoshi via the Netrunners Operations area.

It can be a good idea to practice with the Rogue Ending first to get familiar with the layout, as you'll pass through these same locations in this ending as well.

Don't Fear the Reaper Walkthrough

All Possible Endings and Results

NOTE: This section contains spoilers for the Secret Ending, and other endings of the game.

After you've agreed to Johnny's plan, there will be three possible routes for how the Secret Ending will unfold.

  1. If you die during the Arasaka Tower raid, the credits will roll and the game will end here. The messages from other characters in the credits are the same as those in the Suicide Ending.
  2. If you succeed, once you make it to Mikoshi, you can choose to cross the bridge with Alt, leading to the Temperance Ending.
  3. Alternately, in Mikoshi, you can choose to enter the well, leading to The Sun Ending.
The Sun Ending Temperance Ending
The Devil - in Space.jpgInside Mikoshi, choose to enter the well Temperance Ending 2.jpgInside Mikoshi, choose to cross the bridge with Alt

These endings unfold in the same way as they do when the Secret Ending has not been chosen, with the major result of avoiding Rogue's death. Other than this point, the final result of the game is not significantly affected.

All Game Endings and How to Unlock

The Secret Ending Rewards

The Rewards for completing each possible ending for Don't Fear the Reaper seem to match those of the standard ending they are associated with.

Dying in Arasaka Tower leads to no rewards, like the Suicide Ending, while the Temperance Ending and The Sun Ending will each yield their associated rewards.

From a story perspective, it's still not the happiest ending regardless of your choice, but since this is the only route to reach The Sun Ending while still leaving Rogue alive, it's a necessary piece of the puzzle for players who are concerned with reaching 100% clear and getting every possible ending.

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1 Anonymous3 days

none of this shit is needed, all you gotta do is tell johnny at his burial place that he messed it up with you too and then give him another chance. boom

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