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.
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We have updated our guide and not all the choices in the video are necessary for the secret ending.
The choices that will affect your relationship with Johnny and unlock the secret ending is during the side job Chippin' In. You will have to head over to Johnny's grave near the end of the quest. Here you will have a conversation with him that will determine whether or not you will be able to unlock the secret ending.
After getting the right dialogue choices, you will need to wait when deciding what to do at Misty's special spot during Nocturne OP55N1. The way to the secret ending will reveal itself there.
This mission will have the choices that will determine whether or not you will be able to unlock the secret ending. These dialogue choices will present themselves when talking to Johnny at his grave, you will need to select the following choices to unlock the secret ending.
Note: There is no way of missing this side job, even if you don't agree to let Johnny take over your body at the end of Tapeworm. You will still have the side job unlocked.
Johnny: But I've managed one thing for now. Not to fuck this up, what we have.
Reply: Nah, fucked that up too.
Johnny: Ahem, is it too late to ask for a second chance?
Reply: What do you want from me?
Johnny: At least, so it seemed... till now.
Reply: OK, but as second chances go, this is your last
You can reach these required dialogue choices regardless of any previous options you chose before.
To unlock the secret ending, “Don't Fear the Reaper,” you will need to call out Johnny on his past actions and not to be overfriendly with him, but not too hostile either. Let him know he let you down, but you're willing to give him another chance. This will change your relationship with Johnny. You won't be too forgiving of him and the shit he pulled on you, but you won't be too hostile and push him away either.
During the Point of No Return when making the decision on the roof with Johnny you can choose any of the choices presented to you.
When the next dialogue option appears, the one with the option to take the pills, suicide, and to change your mind, wait without choosing 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.
Choose any of the ending choices available
・Think trusting Arasaka is risky but worth it.
・Gonna ask Panam for help.
・Think you and Rogue should go.
Wait 5 minutes to trigger hidden dialogue
Let's hear this plan
Means goin' out with a bang - I like it
The three gauges appearing on the Menu screen each seem to indicate the player's progress in a specific aspect of the story. At first, acquiring a high value in the middle gauge was thought to be key to unlocking the Secret Ending. It is not entirely clear what its true purpose is.
With our team testing this claim, we have concluded that this is not the case, and the tried and true method above will reliably get you the secret ending. Although, there's nothing wrong with wanting to increase the gauge. Who doesn't want to be friends with a legend?
|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.|
Our playthrough of getting through Arasaka Tower!
Below is a list of the gear we used while going through Arasaka Tower. We recommend using this gear.
|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.
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.
|The Sun Ending||Temperance Ending|
|Inside Mikoshi, choose to enter the well||Inside 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.
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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