Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty

2.1 Best All-Rounder Beginner Build

Cyberpunk 2077:Phantom Liberty - Best All-Rounder Beginner Build

This is a guide to the Best Update 2.1 Beginner Build for All Playstyles for Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty. Read our guide for details about the build, what attributes to level up, which perks to choose, and what weapons and cyberwares to use.

All-Rounder Beginner Build Overview

Build Basic Information

Beginner Build
Main Attributes
Quickhacks Contagion
Overheat
Cyberware Malfunction
Short Circuit
Main Weapons / Arms Cyberware Thermal Mantis Blades
Assault Rifle:
Psalm 11:6
・Umbra X-MOD2

Submachine Gun:
Buzzsaw
Sniper Rifle:
Overwatch
・Rasetsu
Operating System Tetratronic Rippler MK.5

Strengths and Weaknesses

Strengths

This build strikes the balance between quickhacking, going all out on gunfights, and slicing enemies up with your blade. It's for both beginner players and players who likes to dabble into different playstyles without committing into a single one. Become Night City's next great Solo mercenary!

Weaknesses

The build lacks the full potential of a singular playstyle. For more builds on a specific playstyle, check out our builds guide! This will range from a bonk blunt weapon build to being the best netrunner in Night City!

All-Rounder Beginner Best Attribute Build

Attribute Progression

Build Attributes
Lv. Body Reflex Tech Intel Cool
1 4 6 3 6 3
10 6 9 4 6 6
50 15 20 6 15 15
60 20 20 11 15 15

The max level is only up until 50 in the base game. Purchase Phantom Liberty to reach level 60.

For an all-rounder build, start by focusing your attribute points into Reflexes, Body, and Intelligence. With these three, you'll be mobile, have increased health early, and be able to upload daemons and quickhacks to make some missions easier to complete.

While leveling up, put in points in the Cool attribute to not only help with your Sniper Rifle headshots, but also help out in your stealth, giving you the option to be incognito in some gigs.

Only at later levels should you put points in the Technical Ability tree. You'll be experimenting a lot with your Cyberware so consider this as your final powerup whenever you find the proper chrome to use throughout the game!

All-Rounder Beginner Build Best Perks

This is the full list of perks that you can get if you achieve the maximum level 60 with the Phantom Liberty DLC. Optional perks are also listed in their own section in case you have not purchased the DLC.

Jump to Each Attribute for Their Perks!
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Reflexes AttributeReflexes Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Body AttributeBody Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Intelligence AttributeIntelligence Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Cool AttributeCool
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Technical Ability AttributeTechnical Ability Optional Perks

Reflexes

For your Reflexes perks, focus on acquiring Dash and Air Dash as soon as you can. This will help you greatly in your fights and exploration. Afterwards, focus on the perks that can power up your Assault Rifle/SMG and Blades.

Perk List

Main Perk Secondary Perk(s)
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Slippery Perk Slippery
(1 pt)
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Dash Perk Dash
(2 pt)
Main Perk Only
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Ready, Rested, Reloaded Perk Ready, Rested, Reloaded
(2 pt)
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Lead and Steel Perk Lead and Steel
(2 pt)
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Finisher: Bladerunner Perk Finisher: Bladerunner
(3 pt)
Main Perk Only
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Air Dash Perk Air Dash
(3 pt)
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Sharpshooter Perk Sharpshooter
(3 pt)

Final Perks

Final Perks
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Tailwind Perk Tailwind Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Slaughterhouse Perk Slaughterhouse Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Salt in the Wound Perk Salt in the Wound

Cross-Branch Perk

Perk Requirement
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Air Kerenzikov Perk Air Kerenzikov

Get this perk when you have specific secondary perks unlocked.

Vehicle Perk

Vehicle Perk
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Stuntjock Perk Stuntjock

Body

Your main focus on the Body attribute is to get Adrenaline Rush as soon as you can. This perk gives you a boost in your health. With Juggernaut equipped, this perk will also give you damage and movement speed boosts!

Perk List

Main Perk Secondary Perk(s)
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Painkiller Perk Painkiller
(1 pt)
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Adrenaline Rush Perk Adrenaline Rush
(3 pt)

Vehicle Perk

Vehicle Perk
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Fury Road Perk Fury Road

Intelligence

In the Intelligence attribute, get Hack Queue to unlock queueing of quickhacks on a single enemy. Afterwards, put your points into perks that help RAM costs and decrease traceability.

Perk List

Main Perk Secondary Perk(s)
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Optimization Perk Optimization
(1 pt)
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Eye in the Sky Perk Eye in the Sky
(1 pt)
Main Perk Only
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Hack Queue Perk Hack Queue
(2 pt)
Main Perk Only
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Queue Acceleration Perk Queue Acceleration
(3 pt)
Main Perk Only

Vehicle Perk

Vehicle Perk
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Carhacker Perk Carhacker

Cool

The primary focus in the Cool attribute is to increase your stealth, which is very helpful in some gigs. Get to Ninjutsu as soon as you can. Then, acquire Focus and Deadeye to help out with your Sniper Rifle damage.

Perk List

Main Perk Secondary Perk(s)
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Feline Footwork Perk Feline Footwork
(1 pt)
Main Perk Only
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Focus Perk Focus
(2 pt)
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Ninjutsu Perk Ninjutsu
(3 pt)
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Deadeye Perk Deadeye
(3 pt)

Technical Ability

The final attribute for this build mainly focuses on giving your equipped cyberwares a boost in stats, which can help out your entire gameplay. Also acquire perks that affect health items. This will synergize well with the Adrenaline Rush perk.

Perk List

Main Perk Secondary Perk(s)
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Glutton for War Perk Glutton for War
(1 pt)
Main Perk Only
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - All Things Cyber Perk All Things Cyber
(2 pt)
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Health Freak Perk Health Freak
(2 pt)

Vehicle Perk

Vehicle Perk
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Gearhead Perk Gearhead

Optional Perks

If you still have not purchased the Phantom Liberty DLC and have no access to the 10 additional perk points that came with it, these perks are optional and can be removed.

Removable Perks (10 pts)

All-Rounder Beginner Build Relic Skill Priority

Take Vulnerability Analytics to Target Weakspots

Priority Main Skill Branch Skill
1st Vulnerability Analytics Relic Icon Vulnerability Analytics Machine Learning Relic Icon Machine Learning
2nd Emergency Cloaking Relic Icon Emergency Cloaking Sensory Protocol Relic Icon Sensory Protocol
3rd Jailbreak Relic Icon Jailbreak Spatial Mapping Relic Icon Spatial Mapping

As soon as you unlock the Relic Skill tree, invest points into Vulnerability Analytics then branch off to Machine Learning. This will grealy improve your combat, being able to wipe out enemies by targeting their weakspots. Ideal for big boss fights!

Then, priortize Emergency Cloaking to Sensory Protocol. This is when things get too rough and you need a quick getaway.

We recommend Jailbreak last. This is because most of your damage from before you get the Relic Skill tree will still be significant in the later stages of the game, so powering up your Arms Cyberware is not top priority.

Relic Skill Tree Available in the DLC

Please take note that the Phantom Liberty expansion is needed to access the Relic Skill Tree.

Relic Skill Tree Guide and List

All-Rounder Beginner Build Recommended Weapons

Base Game Only

Recommended Weapons
(Base Game only)
Psalm 11:6 Buzzsaw Overwatch
  • Psalm 11:6 is the best Assault Rifle to use for this build for damage and ease of use.
  • If you want to go the Submachine Gun route, use the Buzzsaw. You can get this early in the game, too!
  • Finally, for long-range engagements, use the Overwatch Sniper Rifle courtesy of our Nomad friend, Panam.

Base Game + Phantom Liberty

Recommended Weapons
(with Phantom Liberty)
Umbra X-MOD2 Buzzsaw Rasetsu
  • Use the Umbra X-MOD2 whenever you can for this build. Essentially the same with Psalm 11:6 but instead of a Burn Chance, this weapon increases your Crit Chance. You can get this Iconic Assault Rifle as soon as you get to the Firestarter gig.
  • The Buzzsaw is still the best Submachine Gun even in the DLC. Its increased armor penetration really ups your DPS.
  • For a powerful Sniper Rifle, pick up the Rasetsu Tech Sniper for huge long-range damage. You can automatically get this during the You Know My Name gig.

All-Rounder Beginner Build Best Cyberwares

Beginner Cyberware Selection

Jump to Each Cyberware!
Operating System Arms Face Hands
Circulatory System Legs Frontal Cortex Skeleton
Nervous System Integumentary System

Operating System

Cyberware Effect (Tier 5)
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty - Tetratronic Rippler MK.5Tetratronic Rippler MK.5 Allows you to perform quickhacks on enemies and devices while scanning.
+15% weapon damage against enemies affected by non-combat quickhacks.
+40% with Combat quickhacks when immediately followed by a non-combat quickhack in the queue.
+5 Max RAM.
When activating Overlock, automatically upload Reboot Optics and Weapon Glitch to all enemies within 8m.

The Tetratronic Rippler MK.5 not only provides a lot of RAM, but can also give you extra damage as long as you upload a control quickhack on enemies.
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Arms

Cyberware Effect (Tier 5)
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty - Thermal Mantis BladesThermal Mantis Blades +3.1% Explosion Damage
+3.1% Grenade Recharge Speed.

The Thermal Mantis Blades is your primary Blade for this build. This Cyberware is directly affected by the powerups from the Reflexes attribute, so slicing up enemies will be easy!
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Face

Cyberware Effect (Tier 5)
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty - Kiroshi "Clairvoyant" OpticsKiroshi "Clairvoyant" Optics Effect active when scanning: Highlights enemies within 17.5 m. The effect remains for 60 sec. after scanning.

The Kiroshi "Clairvoyant" Optics is attuned to the Cool attribute, which can help increase your headshot damage.
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Hands

Cyberware Effect (Tier 5)
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty - Shock AbsorberShock Absorber -20% Recoil

Shock Absorber lowers your recoil, making your weapons much more accurate.
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Circulatory System

Cyberware Effect (Tier 5)
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty - Adrenaline BoosterAdrenaline Booster Stamina +23% whenever you use a melee weapon to neutralize an enemy.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty - Heal-on-KillHeal-on-Kill Health +7% when you neutralize an enemy.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty - Second HeartSecond Heart Instantly restores 100% of max Health when your Health falls to 0. Cooldown 2 min.

Adrenaline Booster will ensure you don't run out of stamina after every melee kill. Heal-On-Kill and Second Heart helps with your survivability should things go south.
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Legs

Cyberware Effect (Tier 5)
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty - Reinforced TendonsReinforced Tendons Press Space Bar in midair to perform a double jump.

Reinforced Tendons enables double jump, which helps you keep mobile especially with Air Dash equipped.
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Frontal Cortex

Cyberware Effect (Tier 5)
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty - Camillo Ram ManagerCamillo Ram Manager Instantly recovers 23% Max RAM when available RAM falls to 20%.
+2 Max RAM
Cooldown: 100 sec.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty - BioconductorBioconductor Allows your quickhacks to deal Crit Hits. 35% Crit Chance with quickhacks. -4 Max RAM.

The Camillo Ram Manager helps out with your RAM management while Bioconductor enables crit chance on Quickhacks, providing more damage.
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Skeleton

Cyberware Effect (Tier 5)
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty - Dense MarrowDense Marrow +24% melee damage
+15% melee Stamina cost

Dense Marrow increase melee damage, making your Mantis Blades more effective.
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Nervous System

Cyberware Effect (Tier 5)
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty - KerenzikovKerenzikov Allows you to aim and perform ranged attacks while sliding, dodging or Dashing. Slows time by 60% for 3.5 sec. when you aim a ranged attack during a slide, dodge or Dash. Cooldown 6.5 sec.

Slow down time with Kerenzikov to easily land shots in your enemies!
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Integumentary System

Cyberware Effect (Tier 5)
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty - Optical CamoOptical Camo -90% visibility to enemies for 7 sec., making it more difficult for them to detect you outside of combat and hit you during combat.
Cooldown: 50 sec.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty - Subdermal ArmorSubdermal Armor +0.5 Armor per Attribute Point.
+1.3% Decreased enemy vision
+2.6 Health

Optical Camo helps you escape enemies when things get a little too heavy. Stealth is improved thanks to the the Relic Skill, Emergency Cloaking.

Finally, Subdermal Armor provides armor to keep unnecessary damage away.
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All-Rounder Beginner Build Best Quickhacks

Contagion

Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Contagion Quickhack Contagion Type / Stats
Combat Quickhack
RAM Requirement: 12
Upload Time: 2sec
Duration Time: 8sec
Effects
▸Infects the enemy with a virus that causes toxic cyberware substances to leak. This deals poison damage over time and can spread to 4 enemy(-ies) within 8 m. Effective against closely grouped enemies. Ineffective against mechs, robots, drones and turrets. Stacks 2 times.
▸Applying a Burn or Overheat effect against an affected enemy will cause the leaked toxic substance to detonate. The explosion removes Contagion's effect.
▸+15% damage with this quickhack against each subsequent enemy it spreads to.

Uploading Contagion will not only deal damage-over-time to an enemy, but will also spread after neutralizing the one you uploaded it to. This is perfect in dealing with mobs of enemies. When you get a Tier 2 Contagion, queue hack with Overheat to detonate the toxins leaking from the enemy, dealing AoE explosion damage!
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Cyberware Malfunction + Short Circuit

Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Cyberware Malfunction Quickhack Cyberware Malfunction Type / Stats
Control Quickhack
RAM Requirement: 4
Upload Time: 0.3sec
Duration Time: 10sec
Effects
▸Stacks up to 8 times.
▸Disables enemy cyberware for 10 sec. and increases all damage against affected enemy by 5%.
▸At 2 stacks, permanently disables enemy cyberware.
▸At 3 stacks, deals Electrical damage over time. The amount of damage increases with each subsequent stack.
▸At maximum stacks, enemy cyberware overloads, dealing massive damage. Cyberware Malfunction cannot be used on the same enemy again.
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Short Circuit Quickhack Short Circuit Type / Stats
Combat Quickhack
RAM Requirement: 10
Upload Time: 0.5sec
Effects
▸Deals damage. Mechs, robots, drones and turrets receive additional damage.
▸+3 sec. duration for all Control quickhacks currently affecting the target.
▸+10% damage for each stack of Cyberware Malfunction affecting the enemy. This increased damage also causes the affected enemy's weakspot to explode.
▸Applies an EMP effect that deals additional damage over time.
▸+20% damage against enemies below a High threat level.

Short Circuit adds 10% damage for every stack of Cyberware Malfunction on an enemy. For enemies that have a lot of health pool, this will provide significant damage that can help out the fight!

How to Play the All-Rounder Beginner Build

Be Flexible With Your Playstyle

This build accounts for a very flexible playstyle. Upload your quickhacks and watch enemies go down while also be open to the option of going Rambo and mow down enemies with your Assault Rifle or SMG. Maybe even stay undetected or snipe people from far away. Iny any case, it's up to you how to approach fights in Night City!

Take Advantage of Your Stealth Options in Gigs

In some gigs, you will benefit more if you stay undetected. This build accounts for that, giving you the option of completing the mission without raising a single alarm!

Have Fun Mowing Down Enemies

In any case, this build progression can take you far into the story. Look for the playstyle that you want to have fun with!

All-Rounder Beginner Alternative Builds

Sandevistan Build

Recommended Build
Operating System Militech "Apogee" Sandevistan
or
Militech "Falcon" Sandevistan
Cyberware to Remove Everything from the Frontal Cortex Slot
Weapons to Equip Revolver:
Archangel (Base Game)
Ol' Reliable (Phantom Liberty DLC)
Knife:
Headhunter
Perks to Remove Attribute:

Remove All Perks in this Attribute
Perks to Add Attribute:

This alternative build is when you want to swap out the Netrunner style of gameplay to a more agressive Sandevistan one.

When swapping to the Sandevistan Operating System, all perks from the Intelligence attribute becomes obsolete. Refund your perk points from this attribute and put it on Cool. Focus on getting powerups for your throwable weapons.

Then, you can swap out your Sniper Rifle for a Revolver. Along with your throwable weapon, activate Sandevistan and wreck havoc with easy revolver and knife headshots.

Attributes Stay the Same

The attributes for this build stays the same even when replaced with Sandevistan. This will still give you the option to swap back into a Cyberdeck, giving the build more flexibility. In any case, have fun with both playstyles!

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9 Anonymous9 months

Followed this build for 1.6 and I must say you guys translated it well for 2.0. Whoever makes these builds needs a raise

8 Anonymousabout 1 year

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