Best Mantis Blades Build - Update 2.1 - Cyberpunk 2077

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This post covers the best Mantis Blade build for Cyberpunk 2077. The ultimate melee cyberware that allows your arms to spawn deadly blades as part of your body. Long-range lunge attacks, deadly melee finishers, and shredding attacks leave enemies in a pool of blood. This is a fast-paced melee combat build for those who enjoy the ultimate thrill!

Mantis Blade Build - Wolverine

In my opinion, the build is fairly straightforward and combat revolves around slashing with Mantis Blades. In essence, you are the closest thing to a cyber psycho - shredding enemies to pieces one by one, jumping 10 meters to have their bowels pierced with a blade.

This doesn't mean that it makes the game easy. You still have to be smart about your combat approaches. Playing Very Hard with this build can mean death in a matter of seconds. So you will need all the tools available to create the ultimate melee build. These include - correct cyberware, perks, attributes, and operating systems.

Once you reach Dog Town and get the new Relic perks, Mantis Blades becomes an even deadlier weapon allowing you to almost teleport to enemies from very far away. This deals area of effect damage and cripples them, leaving them no choice but to face you head-on.

The build is not too demanding on Perk points. Although we utilize most of them, the core of it is fairly straightforward. This allows them to accommodate additional ranged weapons like Throwing Knives or SMGs. However, I found using only Mantis Blades to be a healthy challenge as you would need to prioritize your enemies and think strategically about the combat approach.

 

So if this sounds like your type of build, let's jump in!

Attributes

Starting Game

Here are what attributes we should be taking at the start of the game.

Attribute Allocation Description
ico_bodyBody +3 Will give us bonus HP early in the game and unlock the first perk.
ico_refReflexes +3 Unlocks the first tier perks and gives a boost to critical chance.
ico_techTechnical Ability +1 Additional armor protection.
ico_coolCool +1 Unlocks a few useful perks for stealth approaches

End Game

Here are the attribute allocations for the Mantis Blade build at level 50.

Attribute Total Allocation Description
ico_refReflexes 20 As one of the main attributes, we maximize it. It will give a high critical chance and many of the blade perks.
ico_bodyBody 15 We mainly want this for Adrenaline RushAdrenaline Rush which will give a huge survivability boost.
ico_techTechnical Ability 20 Gives increased armor but more importantly, unlocks EdgerunnerEdgerunner for a huge cyberware capacity boost.
ico_coolCool 13 We mainly take this to improve critical damage and get some stealth-related perks.
ico_intIntelligence 3 Not relevant for this build.

Leveling Progression

To improve the build understanding and give you some direction here is the recommended leveling progression. Use it more as a guideline to create your Mantis Blade build. Once you start "Feeling" your playstyle you can deviate and pick your own perks to better suit your style!

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Perks

Let's go through the perks of the Mantis Blade build. We will go through about 60~ perk points for the build. This will cover the base perks that you get from level to level 50, skill progression, and perk shards.

Reflexes perks

The main perk tree of the build. It improves Mantis Blade damage, unlocks new actions, moreover gives abilities like DashDash for higher mobility.

mantis blade build reflexes perks cyberpunk 2077

Level 4 Perks

Perk Description
Slippery perk icon cyberpunk 2077Slippery Mainly we take this for progression
Parkour! perk icon cyberpunk 2077Parkour! Faster movement through obstacles will help with stealth movement where every second counts.
Stuntjock perk icon cyberpunk 2077Stuntjock One of the coolest moves in the game, allowing you to jump out of the car. You can use this to activate an air takedown on an unsuspecting target.

Level 9 Perks

Perk Description
Dash perk icon cyberpunk 2077Dash Gives a huge mobility boost, making combat and traversing the world easier.
Can't Touch This perk icon cyberpunk 2077Can't Touch This Gives you guaranteed mitigation while Dashing. This does not mean that you are invincible, but rather that damage is reduced against you based on mitigation strength.
Mad Dash perk icon cyberpunk 2077Mad Dash Further improves mobility when dashing straight to a foe
Lead and Steel perk icon cyberpunk 2077Lead and Steel Allows blocking bullets with Mantis Blades, the next perk is mandatory for it to be worthwhile
Bullet Deflect perk icon cyberpunk 2077Bullet Deflect You can now deflect bullets back at enemies. This staggers them allowing to lunge at them for the kill.

Level 15 Perks

Perk Description
Finisher: Bladerunner perk icon cyberpunk 2077Finisher: Bladerunner One of the most important abilities of the build as it restores health, gives a brief period of invincibility and with the next perks provides additional buffs.
Flash of Steel perk icon cyberpunk 2077Flash of Steel A huge boost to movement and attack speed after the finisher.
Opportunist perk icon cyberpunk 2077Opportunist Increases the chance that the finisher is activated when enemies are under negative effects.
Going the Distance perk icon cyberpunk 2077Going the Distance Doubles Finisher activation distance.
Air Dash perk icon cyberpunk 2077Air Dash A huge mobility boost works in the air. Combine it with DashDash for fast movement around the world and battlefield.
Aerial Acrobat perk icon cyberpunk 2077Aerial Acrobat An optional perk, but once I started doing mid-air turn jumps, I could not play without this.

Level 20 Perks

Perk Description
Tailwind perk icon cyberpunk 2077Tailwind Air DashAir Dash restores stamina, allowing to jump around indefinitely
Slaughterhouse perk icon cyberpunk 2077Slaughterhouse Always apply a bleed for easier Finisher: BladerunnerFinisher: Bladerunner activation. Also restores bonus stamina on activating it.

Technical Ability Perks

mantis blade build technical ability perks cyberpunk 2077

Because the build requires a lot of perk points, we take her just the essential ones. Of course, many of them would be very useful, but we would need more perk points for that.

Level 4 Perks

Perk Description
Glutton for War perk icon cyberpunk 2077Glutton for War With multiple enemy kills, getting health items faster is a good bonus
First Aid perk icon cyberpunk 2077First Aid Faster recharge speed
Transfusion perk icon cyberpunk 2077Transfusion Close to the death and stronger item recharge? Take it.

Level 9 Perks

Perk Description
Health Freak perk icon cyberpunk 2077Health Freak Gives a third health item charge, greatly boosting the build's survivability.
Borrowed Time perk icon cyberpunk 2077Borrowed Time On Very Hard this perk may not be useful as enemies usually take you out by the time you have 25% HP. However, even if there is a small chance instant item recharge is welcome.
Demolitions Surplus perk icon cyberpunk 2077Demolitions Surplus Third grenade item. Definitely use grenades as a melee build as you can incapacitate or knock down foes.
All Things Cyber perk icon cyberpunk 2077All Things Cyber We need it for progression but also gives a reduction to cyberware costs on Integumentary slots.
Renaissance Punk perk icon cyberpunk 2077Renaissance Punk Gives a small boost to Cyberware Capacity.
Chrome Constitution perk icon cyberpunk 2077Chrome Constitution Reduces incoming damage which is a huge survivability boost.
Driver Update perk icon cyberpunk 2077Driver Update Additional stat boost for cyberware. Not a priority, but I recommend it in later levels.
Chipware Connoisseur perk icon cyberpunk 2077Chipware Connoisseur Again not a priority, but a third stat boost like more melee damage or health is a good improvement.

Level 15 Perks

Perk Description
License to Chrome perk icon cyberpunk 2077License to Chrome Provides good bonuses like +40 armor. Moreover, we also need it for the next perk
Extended Warranty perk icon cyberpunk 2077Extended Warranty Increases duration of the cyberware. This will work wonders with Berserk or Sandevistan operating system
Pyromania perk icon cyberpunk 2077Pyromania This perk gives bonuses like faster item recharge speed and higher explosion radius for grenades. However, we mainly need it to reach the next tier.

Level 20 Perks

Perk Description
Edgerunner perk icon cyberpunk 2077Edgerunner Gives a boost of cyberware capacity, and a special Fury state for a huge increase in damage.
Ticking Time Bomb perk icon cyberpunk 2077Ticking Time Bomb Really good perk for a melee build. The EMP stuns nearby enemies and deals damage while also decreasing incoming damage.

Body Perks

The main perks to increase survivability. We are aiming for 15 Body to unlock Phenom tier perks.

mantis blade build body perks cyberpunk 2077

Level 4 Perks

Perk Description
Painkiller perk icon cyberpunk 2077Painkiller I think this is mandatory for every build, especially early in the game, when encounters are difficult and healing items recharge slow
Comeback Kid perk icon cyberpunk 2077Comeback Kid Higher health regeneration while HP is low
Dorph-head perk icon cyberpunk 2077Dorph-head Ensures 100% mitigation chance after healing item use, which is a huge survivability boost.
Army of One perk icon cyberpunk 2077Army of One Health regen for enemies close by. As a Mantis Blade build this is a great synergy

Level 15 Perks

Perk Description
Adrenaline Rush perk icon cyberpunk 2077Adrenaline Rush Provides a second layer of HP after using healing items. Together with Biomonitor and Blood Pump, it will automatically activate when HP drops enough.
Juggernaut perk icon cyberpunk 2077Juggernaut 10% damage and movement speed boost is a welcome boost for Mantis Blades build
Calm Mind perk icon cyberpunk 2077Calm Mind Delays the decay of Adrenaline RushAdrenaline Rush.
Unstoppable Force perk icon cyberpunk 2077Unstoppable Force Immunity to various debilitating effects

Cool Perks

This is the main tree for the build and gives most of the perks needed for stealth. It will be helpful before the encounter if you can take out one or two foes without raising an alarm. This is perfect if you are also using the Sandevistan operating system.

mantis blade build cool perks cyberpunk 2077

Level 4 Perks

Perk Description
Feline Footwork perk icon cyberpunk 2077Feline Footwork Improves crouching, allowing for better sneaking
Blind Spot perk icon cyberpunk 2077Blind Spot This will increase the time it takes enemies to detect you, just makes sneaking a bit easier.
Killer Instinct perk icon cyberpunk 2077Killer Instinct We need it to unlock the next set of perks
Gag Order perk icon cyberpunk 2077Gag Order Even if you are detected, this creates a delay until the target's allies are informed allowing you to finish them off with Mantis Blade hits.
Quick Getaway perk icon cyberpunk 2077Quick Getaway As the build utilizes stealth, faster movement speed after each neutralization will allow either to hide or move to the next target faster.

Perks - Relic

mantis blade build relic perks cyberpunk 2077

Priority Perk Description
1 Jailbreak perk icon cyberpunk 2077Jailbreak Unlcoks new abilities for Arms cyberwar, our goal is to get the long-distance lung for Mantis Blades
2 Spatial Mapping perk icon cyberpunk 2077Spatial Mapping Improvements to the main perk, mainly cripple effect and higher dismemberment chance.
3 Vulnerability Analytics perk icon cyberpunk 2077Vulnerability Analytics Shows vulnerabilities, that allow for huge damage boosts especially useful against cyberpsychos and other stronger foes.
4 Machine Learning perk icon cyberpunk 2077Machine Learning Increases the frequency of vulnerabilities.

If you decide to use Optical Camo, you could also pick Emergency CloakingEmergency Cloaking and Sensory ProtocolSensory Protocol. These make melee combat a bit easier as you can instantly escape the combat state and use stealth before engaging in combat.

Combat and Tips

Here I would like to share some general tips that I would like to recommend for the best approach with this build.

Hold Attack for Lunge

The main action of Mantis Blades is its Lunge attack. It is activated by holding an attack button and releasing it when targeting an enemy. This is a mid-range attack, so it does not work from afar. It is perfect to jump from one enemy to another.

Moreover, once you unlock JailbreakJailbreak after dismembering a foe you will be able to do a 30-meter long-range jump dealing massive damage. It will be further improved by obtaining Spatial MappingSpatial Mapping.

Utilize Finishers

 

The hard part with Melee weapons is that you are always in the open when slashing enemies. This makes you vulnerable to enemies using ranged attacks. However, there is a trick that you can use to "get some invincibility time".

These are finishers, in our case - Finisher: BladerunnerFinisher: Bladerunner. When using it you will be invulnerable giving a breather. Moreover, during this time stamina will start regenerating fueling the next flurry of hits.

Using Stealth before engaging in combat

Stealth is welcome with this build. Without quickhacks, we cannot disable cameras or turrets, but if you are able to nip two or three foes before combat starts that is an excellent start. If you choose Sandevistan you can use it to enhance your stealth. For example, by slowing down time, enemies will take longer to detect you, giving time to run behind them with a takedown.

Embrace the Cyberpsycho

Often you will feel like a cyberpsycho with this build. I think that is normal as you will slash your blades like crazy and pierce enemy bowels when finishing them off. However, this comes with a sense of enjoyment, that you are the scariest melee combatant on the field.

Moreover, once you unlock Relic perks, this will become even more apparent as you jump from one target to another without them realizing what is happening. I haven't even started on Sandevistan and Berserk which open up new capabilities.

Berserk vs Sandevistan

The main decision for this build is which Operating System to use. I will go into this more in the equipment section. But to briefly overview it, they offer different combat satisfaction. Sandevistan slows time allowing you to avoid being detected, slash enemies before they understand what is going on, and better control the flow of the battle. In my opinion, Sandevistan is more powerful, especially as you get to level 30 and unlock Tier 4 rarity. You can then start/stop it whenever not wasting any time.

With Berserk you use it up, and that's it. This gives a lesser degree of control. However, it makes you invincible and gives a huge boost to damage that is not comparable to anything else, except maybe Fury with EdgerunnerEdgerunner perk.

Equipment

To be honest there is not much equipment choice here. You could have a rifle as a fallback against some boss encounters but generally, you will not need ranged weapons. You could equip some upper body armor for a little more protection but that is more or less all.

You really only need some options early in the game, before level 10 as that's when the first Mantis Blades start appearing in Ripper doc inventories. So here are my recommendations:

Pistols

Item Description
scorch cyberpunk 2077Scorch Iconic pistol that can be charged up to release three burning shots.
dying light cyberpunk 2077Dying Light The first iconic ranged weapon that you will obtain. For maximum effectiveness hold the trigger as it has a fast fire rate and deals decent damage with headshots.

Katanas

Item Description
gwynbleidd cyberpunk 2077Gwynbleidd A decent katana, that is from The Witcher world. Has multiple effects that guarantee critical hits
black unicorn cyberpunk 2077Black Unicorn Base katana that you find in your apartment's stash. Do not lose attack speed even if all stamina has been drained.

Cyberware

Cyberware is a unique mechanic that allows us to fill the build with implants. Early games can be quite difficult as you will have limited slots. However, as you progress and drop more Capacity Shards, you will be able to equip even multiple iconic ones.

Cyberware - Frontal Cortex

There is a wide variety of options that you can take here.

Slot Item Description
1 axolotl cyberpunk 2077Axolotl No matter if you are using Berserk or Sandevistan this baby gives 10% cyberware cooldown reduction for each enemy killed.
2 mechatronic core cyberpunk 2077Mechatronic Core Increases damage against drones, mechs, and robots. Totally optional cyberware if you need free capacity
3 self ice cyberpunk 2077Self-Ice Some protection against enemy netrunners. This cyberware is optional.

Arms

There are 4 main choices for Mantis Blade. Personally, I do not see much of a difference between them. The bonus elemental effects have only a 20% chance and you get reduced base damage. However, there is one special Mantis Blade:

Slot Item Description
1 mantis blades cyberpunk 2077MaxTac Mantis Blades A special variant of the cyberware. What makes it special is that it has an additional modifier that provides flat health restoration after a kill. This is just a minimum improvement over the base version.
1 mantis blades cyberpunk 2077Mantis Blade An obvious choice for this build as it is the main weapon we will be using

Cyberware - Skeleton

Slot Item Description
1 rara avis cyberpunk 2077Rara Avis The iconic version gives a huge boost to armor and some HP based on Body attribute
1 para bellum cyberpunk 2077Para Bellum A normal version of Rara Avis, that has lower Cyberware Capacity cost. Also scales with Technical Ability for bonus armor
1 spring joints cyberpunk 2077Spring Joints Gives bonus mitigation strength. Works perfectly with perks like Dorph-headDorph-head
2 Synaptic signal optimizer imageEpimorphic Skeleton This cyberware greatly boosts overall health, a great option for melee builds.
3 dense marrow image cyberpunk 2077Dense Marrow Increases the stamina cost of melee attacks and greatly improves base damage. Only works on melee weapons

Cyberware - Nervous System

Slot Item Description
1 revulsor cyberpunk 2077Revulsor Iconic version of Reflex Tuner. Movement speed for you is not slowed which makes it very powerful, for this type of build, scales with Cool.
2 stabber cyberpunk 2077Stabber Mandatory for Blades build as it gives a huge boost to critical chance for blades.
3 adrenaline converter cyberpunk 2077Adrenaline Converter
Gives a movement speed boost at the start of combat. Pair this with sandevistan and you run like a wind
3 neofiber cyberpunk 2077Neofiber
Gives higher mitigation chance and strength and scales with Reflexes for bonus critical chance.

Cyberware - Integumentary System

Slot Item Description
1 subdermal armor cyberpunk 2077Subdermal Armor Provides flat armor increase. Has a low cyberware capacity cost.
2 chitin cyberpunk 2077Chitin
The ultimate armor cyberwar, giving +200.
2 pain editor cyberpunk 2077Pain Editor As the build will rely on close combat, having higher damage reduction is good.
3 nano plating cyberpunk 2077Nano-Plating As we will be dashing with Mantis Blade build, this will give a boost to survivability by negating projectiles.

Cyberware - Operating System

Here are my recommendations for different Operating Systems. There are two options - Sandevistan and Berserk. The former is especially fun to use as you slow time.

Item Description
militech apogee sandevistan cyberpunk 2077Militech "Apogee" Sandevistan The most powerful Sandevistan. Each kill increases the duration by 20% and Stamina. Moreover, it gives a decent boost to critical chance and damage.
militech falcon sandevistan cyberpunk 2077Militech "Falcon" Sandevistan A junior version of Apogee. Has a smaller Cyberware capacity, but, the bonuses are smaller also.
dynalar sandevistan cyberpunk 2077Dynalar Sandevistan The cheapest option. Generally, it has lower cyberware capacity and gives good critical damage and chance bonuses. If you pair it with Axolotl, this can be a solution for limited capacity until you can increase it

The second option is Berserk, and boy does it allow you to lash out while being invincible, no melee stamina cost and a huge boost to damage:

Item Description
biodyne berserk cyberpunk 2077Biodyne Berserk My preferred option for Berserk. Although it has a longer cooldown, the damage boost is very high needing only a few hits to take out an enemy.
militech berserk cyberpunk 2077Militech Berserk The iconic Berserk operating system. Try to activate it with the lowest HP possible, this way you will get the highest boost to damage. This is the problem for me as it is a risky approach. Allows you to release a flurry of hits without any stamina cost

Cyberware - Ocular System

Slot Item Description
1 kiroshi cockatrice optics cyberpunk 2077Kiroshi "Cockatrice" Optics
Gives a huge boost to critical chance. If you have the luxury of 30 Cyberware capacity, definitely take it.
1 kiroshi clairvoyant optics cyberpunk 2077Kiroshi "Doomsayer" Optics We are mainly interested in critical chance boost based on the Reflexes attributes

Cyberware - Hands

As this build does not rely on weapons, there aren't any special options here in my opinion. Maybe something like Microgenerator for bonus damage dealt based on Intelligence attribute, but that's 0.45% additional damage. I don't think that is worth the Cyberware Capacity.

Cyberware - Circulatory System

Slot Item Description
1 biomonitor cyberpunk 2077Biomonitor Automatically restores health by using healing items. I started loving this one, as you do not need to waste time and concentrate just on the combat.
2 blood pump cyberpunk 2077Blood Pump The most powerful healing item in the game
3 microrotors cyberpunk 2077Microrotors Gives a huge boost to melee weapon attack speed and bonus critical chance based on reflexes
3 isometric stabilizer cyberpunk 2077Isometric Stabilizer Reduces stamina cost on all attacks. This is perfect for Mantis Blades as you can chip away longer against sturdier enemies like Cyberpsychoes, Elites, or bosses.

Cyberware - Legs

Slot Item Description
1 reinforced tendons image cyberpunk 2077Reinforced Tendons My personal favorite makes traversing much easier.
1 leeroy ligament system cyberpunk 2077Leeroy Ligament System
Iconic leg cyberware, providing faster movement speed.
1 fortified ankles cyberpunk 2077Fortified Ankles
Gives the highest jumps and high boost to armor compared to cyberware capacity cost.

Conclusion

Thank you for reading this post on the Mantis Blade Build in Cyberpunk 2077. The ultimate melee combatant with implanted blades makes every fight a thrilling bloodbath. The post should help you to achieve this build easily through perk recommendations, attributes, and cyberware options.

Leave your suggestions and opinions on the build in the comments below!

Discussion

Anonymous

Hey man great build, but Clairvoyant optics doesn't scale with reflex but the Doomsayer does.

Good catch! Fixed it

Anonymous

Hey I noticed you didn’t mention the best chrome to use for hands and was just wondering what would go best

Included all chrome for all the slots

Anonymous

Love this. But how can we get thermal blades if we never put points into tech? Cant craft it.

Hey, thank you! I updated the attributes section info that 5 Technical Ability is needed to craft thermal blades

Anonymous

I noticed this is mostly for stealth, is there anyway I can do a more up front mantis blade build

Take a look at these Samurai builds - https://gamestegy.com/post/cyberpunk-2077/372/quickhack-samurai-build

You can just slap Mantis Blade instead of Katana and it should work. However, if you have an idea for Mantis Blade build without stealth, feel free to share :)

Anonymous

What do we need the 8 int for?

Hey!

I forgot to include it in the build, but this allows to use some Frontal Cortex cyberware - Visual Cortex Support (uncommon rarity) and Limbic System Enhancement (common rarity)

Anonymous

I just want to say that I love the way your builds are laid out. Don't know if it's the website or you but it's extremely easy to understand. I've used 2 of your other build, the gorilla arms and the monowire, and are incredible!

Thank you! I am always happy to hear that my guides help people. Godspeed!

I made a variant of this build, but I used Berserker mod. It will increase you armor and also damage, so I would say it is better then Sandevistan

I think you are right, it will deal more damage, and you can survive for longer. But I found the slow time quite interesting on melee build, so that is why I chose it.

Thanks!

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