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Blades Melee Build
This is a guide to creating a Blades build in Cyberpunk 2077. Check here for details about the build, what attributes to level up, which perks to choose, and what equipment to use.

How to Use the Blades Melee Build

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Unleash your inner Samurai (like Johnny, get it?) and slice through enemies with this build. Combined with certain perks and time-slowing cyberware abilities, a blade build can be an unstoppable force that finish off a group of enemies with powerful critical hits before they even know what hit them.

Best Attributes For Blades Melee Build

Reflexes

Reflexes will help hone your blades to be even deadlier. Increase your Crit Chance and Mantis Blade power while investing in the Blades skill tree.

Reflexes determine your maneuverability. In addition to increasing your overall movement speed, each level in Reflexes will:
- Increase your passive Evasion from enemy attacks by 1%
- Increase Crit Chance by 1%
- Increase damage from Mantis Blades by 3

Technical Ability

Technical Ability is a great secondary attribute to build up for a blades build. It raises defenses and includes some handy perks to boost defenses when closing in on enemies. You will also be able to craft more powerful weapons at a high enough level.

Technical Ability represents your technical know-how. It allows you to unlock doors and use Tech weapons. Each increase in level will increase your Armor by 5%.

Body

Since blades are an up-close fighting style, investing in the Body attribute will make you sturdy enough to withstand attacks from enemies. It will give you melee weapon bonuses as well as increase your health and stamina.

Body determines your raw physical power. In addition to allowing you to force open doors, each level of Body (starting from level 3) will:
- Add 5 Health Points
- Add 3 Stamina Points
- Increase damage with fists and Gorilla Arms by 3
Increase damage with melee weapons by 1.5%
Decrease movement penalty while grabbing an enemy and wielding on HMG by 6%
- Increase movement while grappling an enemy and enemy grapple duration by 5 sec

Best Perks For Blades Melee Build

Steel and Chrome

Perk Steel And Chrome
Skill Tree Body | Athletics
Required Attribute Lv. 9
Effect (Lv. 1) Increases melee damage by 10%.

Steel And Chrome is a flat damage increase to melee attacks. It can also be stacked to further increase damage making it great for any type of melee build.

Roaring Waters

Perk Roaring Waters
Skill Tree Reflexes | Blades
Required Attribute Lv. 3
Effect (Lv. 1) Strong Attacks with Blades deal 30% more damage.

When using blades in your blades build, this is a straightforward damage boost.

Sting Like A Bee

Perk Sting Like a Bee
Skill Tree Reflexes | Blades
Required Attribute Lv. 3
Effect (Lv. 1) Increases attack speed with Blades by 10%.

Increase your DPS with this perk to shear off opponent's HP. It can be leveled up to 3 times for a 30% increase to attack speed.

Blessed Blade

Perk Blessed Blade
Skill Tree Reflexes | Blades
Required Attribute Lv. 10
Effect (Lv. 1) Increases Crit Chance with Blades by 20%.

Most katanas already have a high Crit Chance. Increase it even further with this perk.

Edgerunner Artisan

Perk Edgerunner Artisan
Skill Tree Technical Ability | Crafting
Required Attribute Lv. 18
Effect (Lv. 1) Allows you to craft Legendary items.

While the cost to obtain it is a high 18 in Technical Ability, Edgerunner Artisan is the best crafting perk. With this, powerful Legendary and Iconic weapons can be crafted.

Best Weapons

The best Blade weapons are those with long reach so Knives will not be an excellent choice here. Long Blades and Katana are the best way to go.

Weapon Tiers Max Mod Slots
Jinchu-MaruJinchu-Maru Epic
Legendary
(Iconic)
3
KatanaKatana Common
Uncommon
Rare
Epic
Legendary
3
MacheteMachete Common
Uncommon
Rare
Epic
Legendary
3
ScalpelScalpel Rare
Epic
Legendary
(Iconic)
3
SatoriSatori Rare
Epic
Legendary
(Iconic)
3
Cocktail StickCocktail Stick Rare
Epic
Legendary
(Iconic)
3
TsumetogiTsumetogi Rare
Epic
Legendary
(Iconic)
3
KukriKukri Epic
3
ButcherButcher's Cleaver Common
Rare
2
ChefChef's Knife Uncommon
Rare
2

Best Cyberware

To complement your abilities, you can invest in some cyberware to boost your ability to defeat enemies or protect yourself from damage as you attack enemies.

Militech Falcon Sandevistan MK.5

Cyberware Effect Price
Militech "Falcon" Sandevistan MK.5Militech "Falcon" Sandevistan MK.5 ・Slows time by 70% for 20 sec. Cooldown 30 sec.
・Increases any damage dealt by 15% when Sandevistan is active.
・Increases Crit Chance by 20% and Crit Damage by 35% when Sandevistan is active.
€$ 35000

This cyberware will allow you to deal more damage and higher chance of Critical hits landing. It even boosts your Critical damage.

QianT Warp Dancer Sandevistan MK.5

Cyberware Effect Price
QianT "Warp Dancer" Sandevistan MK.5QianT "Warp Dancer" Sandevistan MK.5 ・Slows time by 90% for 8 sec. Cooldown 30 sec.
・Activate by holding L1 and R1.
・Increases any damage dealt by 15%, Crit Chance by 10%, and Crit Damage by 50% when Sandevistan is active.
€$ 35000

This cyberware has the bonus of increasing your Crit Chance and can be combo up with the Blessed Blade which increases your Critical Chance even more.

Heal-On-Kill

Cyberware Effect Price
Heal-on-KillHeal-on-Kill ・Instantly restores 10% Health after defeating an enemy. €$ 35000

This is cyberware makes you more on the defensive side and is perfect to be paired with Pain Editor to make you even more of a tank.

Pain Editor

Cyberware Effect Price
Pain EditorPain Editor ・Reduces all incoming damage by 10%. €$ 28000

Partnered with Heal-on-Kill, you have a very resilient character that can dish out damage.

Microtors

Cyberware Effect Price
MicrorotorsMicrorotors ・Increases attack speed by 25%. €$ 14000

This cyberware is excellent in making your attacks faster, making Blades even deadlier.

Lynx Paws

Cyberware Effect Price
Lynx PawsLynx Paws Epic
・Allows you to move and run more quietly. The sound of your footsteps will not carry as far.
Epic: 85000

This cyberware allows you to go around and get to your opponents faster.

Best Mods

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Certain mods can improve your damage as well as the speed with which you attack..

Weapon Mod Effect
Cold Shoulder Increases damage by a certain amount
White-Knuckled Increases Crit Chance by a certain amount
Scourge Increases Crit Damage by a certain amount
Kunai Increase weapon attack speed by a certain amount

Blades Melee Build Variations

High Damage Blades

Cyberpunk 2077 Blades Build 04.png
If you like to get up close and personal with enemies, using a blade can be a satisfying way to take out enemies. If going with this build, it is recommended to pair it with Quickhacks that disable your enemies and allows you to draw in close while they are unsuspecting.

Recommended Build
Weapon Type Long Blades/Katana
Equipment Reboot Optics, Cripple Movement, Weapon Glitch
Additional Perks Assassin, Flight of the Sparrow, Ninjutsu
Build Attributes
Lv. Body Reflex Tech Intel Cool
1 3 6 6 5 3
10 5 8 6 7 5
50 16 20 18 8 7

Bleeding Blades

Cyberpunk 2077 Blades Build 03.png
This build, while offensively weaker than the High Damage one, takes advantage of the fact that Blades have inherent Bleed chance. Equipping Quickhacks that distract enemies are still necessary. Once Bleed is applied, back away and focus on the other enemies while waiting for those Bleeding to die.

Recommended Build
Weapon Type Long Blades/Katana/Mantis Blades
Equipment Reboot Optics, Cripple Movement, Weapon Glitch
Additional Perks Crimson Tide, Stuck Pig, Crimson Dance
Build Attributes
Lv. Body Reflex Tech Intel Cool
1 3 6 6 5 3
10 5 8 6 7 5
50 16 20 18 8 7

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