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This is a guide to creating the monowire 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 Monowire Build

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The Monowire is a special whip-like cyberware that V can use as a fourth weapon in battle. While it looks like a whip, it is classified as a Blunt Weapon and benefits directly from the Street Brawler perk tree. Monowire has ability to charge and deal bonus damage if it is equipped but not used in actual combat. Once used it needs to recharge.

Unlike most Blunt Weapons, the Monowire can inflict Bleeding and can cause you to dismember an enemy. Inflicting critical hits and dismembering will be the main way to go in this particular build.

Best Attributes For Monowire Build

Body

Since the Monowire is considered a blunt weapon, the Street Brawler perk tree in the Body attribute will be your main key into making Monowires better.

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

Cool

The Monowire requires charging after being unleashed in battle so taking down enemies quickly before you are spotted will be crucial. The Steath perk tree in the Cool attribute will be helpful here. And for those times that stealthing away won't be possible, the Cold Blood perk tree would be useful to boost your damage.

Cool determines your resilience, composure and effectiveness in operating from stealth. Each level of Cool will:
- Increase Crit Damage by 2%
- Increase all Resistances by 1%
- Increase stealth damage by 10%
- Reduce the speed at which enemies detect you in stealth by 0.5%
- Increase monowire damage by 3

Best Perks For Monowire 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.

Flurry

Perk Flurry
Skill Tree Body | Street Brawler
Required Attribute Lv. 3
Effect (Lv. 1) Increases damage from combo attacks with Blunt Weapons by 30%.

This is a great perk to have especially after the initial charge of the Monowire has been depleted. This help keep up the damage even without the charge.

Payback

Perk Payback
Skill Tree Body | Street Brawler
Required Attribute Lv. 10
Effect (Lv. 1) Increases damage with Blunt Weapons by 1% for every 1% of missing Health.

This is a good combo especially when you are low on health. With Monowire equipped and at low health, even the non-charged attacks will deal lethal damage.

Best Cyberware

For this build, you would want to stick to the best kind of Monowire available.

Monowire

Cyberware Effect Price
MonowireMonowire ・The Monowire charges when equipped but not used in combat. Attacks with a charged wire deal bonus damage based on the charge level. Charge level and bonus damage dealt decline with each attack. Three mod slots available (wire, battery, universal). €$ 100450

If you can manage to grab a hold of the Legendary variant of the Monowire, it would maximize the damage you deal with this build.

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 which is crucial to make Monowire Build effective.

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 Cold Blood bonuses to make your Monowire even deadlier.

Heal-On-Kill

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

Since Monowires needs you to be up close and personal, there is a good chance you can get damaged. With every kill, you can restore your health with this cyberware.

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 Monowire attacks 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 and sneak to them without raising their attention.

Best Mods

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Monowire has three applicable mods: the type of damage it does, added special effects and how much extra energy can your monowire charge. Here are the best confirmed ones so far.

Monowire Mod Effect
Monowire - Physical Damage Monowire deals Physical damage. Deals a high amount of concentrated damage and can instantly dismember an enemy with one quick attack.
Monowire - Thermal Damage Monowire deals Thermal damage. Can apply Burn to multiple targets with one attack. Very effective against groups of enemies.
Monowire - Chemical Damage Monowire deals Chemical damage. Can apply Poison to multiple targets with one attack. Effective against groups of enemies.
Monowire - Electrical Damage Monowire deals Electrical damage. Can apply Shock and Stun to multiple targets with one attack. Very effective against rapidly moving targets and groups of enemies.
Monowire Battery, High-Capacity Increases Crit Damage by a certain amount
Sensory Amplifier Increase Crit Chance by 10%
Sensory Amplifier Increase Crit Damage by 30%

Monowire Build Variations

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High-Crit Monowire

This build focuses on abusing the Critical Chance of Monowire and chances of killing your enemies in one hit.

Recommended Build
Weapon Type Monowire
Equipment Sensory Amplifier (Crit Chance), Monowire Physical
Additional Perks Cold Blood, Blood Brawl, Predator
Build Attributes
Lv. Body Reflex Tech Intel Cool
1 6 4 3 3 6
10 8 5 5 5 8
50 20 12 12 8 20

Status Monowire

Not as damaging as the previous build but this build focuses on the special effects of the Monowire Mods.

Recommended Build
Weapon Type Monowire
Equipment Monowire - Thermal/Chemical/Electrical Damage
Additional Perks Predator
Build Attributes
Lv. Body Reflex Tech Intel Cool
1 6 6 3 3 4
10 8 8 5 5 5
50 20 20 12 8 12

Optional Perks

Depending on the damage type modifier you use, you may add the following perks:

Mod Optional Perk
Monowire - Thermal Damage Burn Baby Burn
Increasing the duration of Burn will allow you to stay away while your Stamina is recovering.
Monowire - Chemical Damage Hasten The Inevitable, Neurotoxin
These two perks allow you to damage Poisoned enemies more.
Monowire - Electrical Damage Bladerunner
This takes advantage of Electrical damage being effective against drones and robots, making your damage against them higher.

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