Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty

How to Avoid Being Hacked (Overheating) | All Enemy Quickhacks

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The 2.0 update in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty introduced new ways to avoid getting hacked, including new perks to counter netrunners. Read on to learn how to avoid getting hacked, the list of hacks that enemies can use, and ways to counter them.

Major Hacking Changes in Update 2.0

New Perks from the 2.0 Update

Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Intelligence Attribute Tree

The 2.0 update also introduced perks that help you counter any attacks from enemy netrunners. Counter-A-Hack, for example, can help you hack back any enemies who attempts to hack you behind walls. You can unlock this perk from the Intelligence Attribute.

2.0 Perks and Skill Tree Guide

Improved Enemy Netrunner Combat AI

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Along with the new perks, the 2.0 update also enhanced combat AI against enemy netrunners. These foes can now hack you even without a direct line of sight, provided their allies detect you first. This rule also applies to cameras once you're detected.

Additionally, enemies can now quickly detect you when you sprint or walk near them. This can allow enemy netrunners to hack you if you're not careful, so be sure to hide effectively to avoid getting hacked.

Combat AI Overhaul: All Known Changes

How to Avoid Being Hacked

When an enemy hacker attempts to hack you, a loading bar will appear on the screen, showing how close the Hack is to being uploaded and taking effect. When this happens, don't panic! Follow these easy steps below to avoid letting the Hack take effect.

  1. Find the Enemy Hacker Using Scan
  2. Attack them to Disrupt the Hack
  3. Disable Their Line-of-Sight

Find the Enemy Hacker Using Scan

In order to identify the enemy hacking you, you'll want to switch into Scan Mode (L1 or LB on controller, Tab/Caps Lock on PC) and survey the environment. Look around until you find a yellow rope-like line as shown in the picture above. This line connects you to your Hacker, be they close or far away.

When you are in the middle of scanning an enemy in Scan Mode, time will slow down, so this will provide a chance to evaluate the situation as well.

Attack them to Disrupt the Hack

Now that you've identified your hacker, you'll want to determine the next step in taking them down.

If the enemy is visible and not obscured by walls, you'll be able to Quickhack them directly. Using a damaging Quickhack like Short Circuit is best.

Any attack to the enemy will interrupt the Hack, but Quickhacks are the easiest way, as hackers are usually far away and Quickhacks will allow you to hit without worrying about accuracy.

Use the Counter-A-Hack Perk

Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Counter the attacks

Counter-A-Hack can help you detect obscured or hidden enemy netrunners and use quickhacks on them, even without line-of-sight. You can get this perk under the Intelligence attribute, along with a plethora of other perks that can help enhance your netrunning skills.

Use a Tech Weapon to Hit the Hacker Through Walls

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Tech Weapons offer a unique advantage in dealing with enemy netrunners.These weapons allow you to effectively target enemies hidden behind walls or any obstacles, making them perfect for taking down enemy hackers you can't see.

List of Tech Weapons

Disable Their Line-of-Sight

If the enemy is obscured by a wall, your situation is a bit more difficult. Trying to move around to get a direct line of sight on the hacker will usually take too long.

Your best solution is to try to use Camera Control on a nearby camera. This will give you access to the complete camera network, and by switching between the different cameras, you'll likely be able to find the hacker, who will still be shown together with the yellow hacking line. From here, use a damaging Quickhack like Short Circuit to interrupt the attack remotely.

List of Enemy Quickhacks

Fortunately, enemies don't have access to all the powerful Quickhacks available to the player. Hacks used by enemies tend to deal more minor damage, but are still a nuisance. Be familiar with them before you face them in combat.


Cyperpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty -  Enemy Overheat

This Hack inflicts the Burn status on the player, causing damage for several seconds. It can typically be weathered with a Maxdoc Mk.1.

Overheat Quickhack

Take Control

Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty - Driving

The 2.0 Update now allows you to use 'Take Control' on any available vehicles. This feature is also applicable to enemy netrunners, who can use this quickhack on you to prevent you from controlling your car.

Take Control Quickhack

Cyberware Malfunction

Cyberpunk 2077 - Attack MaxTac Operators With Hacked Cyberware

Enemies, especially Maxtac netrunners, will also frequently use Cyberware Malfunction on you. With the recent update to combat AI, facing the Maxtac squad has become much more challenging, so make sure you're always prepared when battling them.

Cyberware Malfunction Quickhack

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