Ultimate Ninja builds - Cyberpunk 2077

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Ultimate Ninja builds

In this post, I will go into great detail on how to create the Ultimate Ninja build in Cyberpunk 2077.

This type of build mainly relies on stealth to carry out its tasks. Of course, when there is a need for direct encounters there will be options to handle those situations

So let us start

Ninja Build

This is more of a traditional build that purely relies on physical prowess and intelligence. You will be skipping on any Quickhacks usage. However, you will be using Throwing Knives to take out enemies from the distance.

If you won't kill the enemy with it poison will take care of it.

Cyberpunk 2077 ninja build

If it comes to worst, you will have a katana (or any other blade-type melee weapon) by your side to slash enemies into pieces.

Not only this but you will have time slowing abilities at your disposal, to make sneaking and direct encounters very easy,

Attributes

In this section, I will go through recommended attributes and how you should progress with them. Picking the correct ones will ensure that you have sufficient stats to kill enemies.

Starting the game

Here are the starting attributes that I recommend:

  • Cool +3
  • Body +1
  • Reflexes +3

Progression

Here is how I recommend allocating attribute points as you progress through the game:

  • Cool +2. Prioritize this one, as it will greatly improve your overall effectiveness when in stealth. Best to get it maximum early as possible.
  • Technical Ability +2 - this will allow you to craft some good gear. I recommend investing a decent amount into it as this will greatly improve your overall damage and survivability due to better armors.
  • Reflexes +1. This stat improves your katana and knives damage
  • Body +1. Improves overall survivability, and melee damage.

At the maximum level of 50 here is what you should have:

Ninja build attributes cyberpunk 2077

  • Cool - 20
  • Technical Ability - 18
  • Reflexes - 18
  • Body - 12

Perks

In this section let's go through how to allocate your perk points as you progress through the game. They are very important as they give improvements to current actions and give new gameplay options.

Blade tree

Ninja build blades tree cyberpunk 2077

Level Skill Description
1 Sting Like a Bee x3 Increases attack speed by 30%. It will ensure that you have very fast attacks to take out enemies as fast as possible.
1 Roaring Waters Gives a 10% increase to Strong attacks. You will probably not use them as often with this type of build. So we only put one point
4 Slow and Steady x2 As the build is prone to enemy shots, having increased armor by 30% while moving is essential not to die instantly
4 Crimson Dance x2 (Optional) Gives a 30% chance to apply Bleed. Although it does not deal massive damage it will provide other benefits later on
6 Flight of the Sparrow x2 Reduces the Stamina cost of all attacks with Knife or Katana by 50%. Especially early you don't want to drain your stamina bar and get fatigued.
8 Shifting Sands Another great ability that will restore a portion of stamina when you dodge. It will ensure that you do not run out of it.
10 Blessed Blade Gives a flat 10% critical chance. Very good for this Ninja Build as it ensures more critical hits.
12 Bloodlust x2 (Optional) This ability complements Crimson Dance and gives health regeneration when the enemy is Bleeding. I think it is optional as it may be great in the mid-game but becomes useless later on.
12 Float Like A Butterfly x2 Dodging will give 50% more damage for 5 seconds. Very high increase for something that you will constantly activate Kerenzikov or dodge enemies
15 Judge, Jury and Executioner x3 Huge damage boost on the first hit to the enemy. Your knives will be much deadlier
15 Fiery Blast x3 Very strong perk. It gives a bonus of 3% damage for every 1% health the enemy is missing. It will be useful in drawn-out fights when you switch to Katana
18 Deathbolt This is an ability that you need for encounters with many enemies. Each enemy that you kill will restore your health by 20% and increase the movement speed by 30% for 5 seconds.

Athletics Tree

Ninja build athletics tree cyberpunk 2077

Level Skill Description
1 Pack Mule This is a quality of life ability that gives 60 points more carrying weight. I think it helps very early in the game when you need money fast.
1 Regeneration Allows regenerating health during combat. It is very useful for this Ninja build as you wait behind the cover for the enemy to come to you
5 True Grit Increases stamina by 10% allowing to do more hits
7 Epimorphosis Increases the threshold to which HP regenerates during combat. Moreover, HP now regenerates to 100% outside of it.
7 Wolverine x2 Health regeneration will now activate 40% faster. This will make long encounters easier to survive
9 Steel and Chrome x2 Increases melee damage by 20%. Not as useful for Throwing Knife ability but still good for katanas.
11 Like a Butterfly Dodging will now not drain stamina. This will allow to better fight during long encounters
12 Invincible As powerful as it sounds this ability only provides 15% health. However, that is still a good boost for overall survivability
12 Tenacious V Health regeneration now continues even after being hit

Crafting Tree

Ninja build crafting tree cyberpunk 2077

Level Skill Description
1 Mechanic Get more components when disassembling. Useful for crafting good gear
5 True Craftsman Allows to craft Rare items
5 Scrapper Automatically disassembles junk items. Great quality of life perk
11 Field Technician Increases damage of crafted weapons by 10%. This will make your knives or katanas much stronger
12 Grease Monkey Allows to craft Epic items
14 Let There Be Light! Upgrading is now cheaper by 20%
16 Tune-up You can now increase the quality of your components.
18 Edgerunner Artisan Allows crafting legendary items. Have in mind that I also recommend having a Crafting level at 12. This way you unlock many legendary Crafting specs.

Ninjutsu Tree

This is a very important perk tree for ninja build. It enables knife throwing, poisoning and many other improvements.

Ninja build ninjutsu tree cyberpunk 2077

Level Skill Description
1 Crouching Tiger Gives 20% faster movement speed while sneaking
5 Dagger Dealer Enables knife throwing. The Knife that you wear can be thrown by aiming.
7 Assassin Deals 15% more damage to humans. Almost all the enemies that you will fight will be humans, so the choice is obvious
7 Strike from the Shadows Increases Critical Chance by 7% while sneaking. You will have a higher chance to do a critical hit on the first strike before the enemy spots you.
7 Leg Up (optional) I personally prefer to use takedowns, especially early in the game. However, if you feel that you do not use them, pass up this ability
9 Sniper Increases headshot damage by 20% outside combat. As you will use your knives when sneaking, this is a perfect ability to greatly increase Knife Throwing damage.
9 Cutthroat I put only one point here. My main reason being is that usually, not many enemies will survive the knife to the head. However, it is very useful in boss fights when you switch to a large weapon.
12 From the Shadows x2 Provides a 20% bonus critical chance for the first 7 seconds of the combat.
12 Ghost x2 Increases the detection time before the enemy spots you by 40%
14 Venomous Fangs All knives will apply poison. This is a very powerful ability as it will take care of weaker enemies if you miss the enemy's head when throwing a knife.
14 Looking Sharp Another decent ability is that will blind the target if it does not die after the knife hits the head.
16 Juggler Thanks to this perk, the ninja build improves by a large margin. It allows to instantly restore a knife it throwing it results in enemy death or critical hit.
16 Hasty Retreat Gives a 50% boost after being detected for 5 seconds. Thanks to this ability you can run around very fast and take out a few enemies before your take damage
18 Cheat Death Reduces damage by 50% when health drops below 50% for 10 seconds. The ultimate survivability perk.
20 Toxicology Increases the poison duration, great on boss enemies.

Cool Blood

Ninja build cold blood tree cyberpunk 2077

Level Skill Description
1 Cold Blood x3 This is a very important buff for almost any stat in the game. Although at first, it provides only faster movement speed, as you progress it will provide other benefits. I suggest upgrading this ability every 5 levels and not putting all 3 points at the start of the game
5 Will to Survive (optional) Increases Resistances by 3%. Good for an early Game. However, later on, should be swapped for Immunity
5 Blood Brawl x2 Melee damage is increased by 10% while Cold Blood is active
9 Defensive Clotting Each stack of Cold Blood increases armor by 8%
11 Collagulant Stack of Col Blood are removed one by one instead of all at once
11 Frozen Precision Each stack of Cold BLood now increases headshot damage by 5%. Perfect choice for Knife Throwing on this Ninja build
12 Predator x2 Each stack of Cold Blood increases attack speed by 30%
14 Pain is an Illusion Reduces damage taken by 5% while Cold Blood is active
14 Cold and Calculating Critical hits can now also add a stack of Cold Blood
16 Coldest Blood x2 Increases Cold Blood stack by 2
16 Critical Condition x2 Cold Blood will have its duration increased by 50%. Ensures that you can still maintain the buffs even after hiding from the enemy.
18 Immunity Makes you immune to Bleeding, Poison, Burn, and Shock. Makes Will to Survive obsolete
20 Bloodswell Rather than dying, all Cold Blood stacks will be removed and you will Damage Immunity for 5 seconds. This can happen only once per 15 seconds.
20 Merciless While Cold Blood is active Crit Chance is increased by 5% and Crit Damage is increased by 25%

Build tactics

  • Do not sell low-quality components as you will upgrade them to better ones using the Tune-up perk
  • You can use the Throwing Knife to take out cameras
  • Practice hitting enemy heads for headshots. This will deal massive damage
  • You can use Sandevistan both for melee combat with Katana and for Throwing Knives. The slowed time takes the enemy longer to detect you and you can use that time to aim with your knife.
  • The build is fragile and on Very Hard difficulty, you will die from a few shots. Learn to hide and use Kerenzikov and Sandevistan often.
  • Grenades are also your friend. Even though you do not have relevant abilities for them they can knockout enemies giving you time to take out other enemies.

Equipment recommendations

Ninja cyberpunk 2077 stats

Weapons for Samurai Katana build

Knives are important as you will use them for throwing:

Priority Item Description
1 stinger cyberpunk 2077Stinger An iconic knife that deals additional chemical damage
2 tanto cyberpunk 2077Tanto Not better than Knife. However, I think it fits better thematically.
3 knife cyberpunk 2077Knife A simple version that you will obtain various rarities throughout the game. Try to craft or buy the highest one

Katanas will be used in melee combat:

Priority Item Description
1 byakko cyberpunk 2077Byakko The katana was introduced in the 1.5 patch. It is not special by damage but it has a special ability allowing it to jump large distances to the targeted enemy.
2 satori cyberpunk 2077Satori A very powerful weapon for the ninja build that deals crazy high critical damage
3 katana cyberpunk 2077Katana Can be bought early in the game. Provides decent stats and greatly improves DPS.

Weapon Mods

Mod name Description
cold shoulder cyberpunk 2077Cold Shoulder Increases damage by 5%.
scourge cyberpunk 2077Scourge Increases Crit Damage by 10%.
white-knuckled cyberpunk 2077White-Knuckled Increases Crit Chance by 2.5%.

Armor Mods

Mod name Description
dead eye cyberpunk 2077Deadeye Very powerful mod. It will increase headshot damage when you will use Throwing Knives.
Fortuna cyberpunk 2077Fortuna Increases Crit Chance by 4%
bully cyberpunk 2077Bully Gives an 8% Crit Damage bonus
armadillo cyberpunk 2077Armadillo Provides bonus armor. Good for increased survival
zero drag cyberpunk 2077Zero Drag Increases speed, especially good for stealth as you will move faster.

Cyberware - Frontal Cortex

Slot Item Description
1 Heal-on-kill cyberpunk 2077Heal-On-Kill This item provides a certain percentage of health after each enemy that you kill. The effectiveness increases with the cyberware rarity
2 mechatronic core cyberpunk 2077Mechatronic Core
Unfortunately, this is the only alternative, due to how Samurai build allocates attributes.

Cyberware - Ocular System

Slot Item Description
1 kiroshi optics mk3 image cyberpunk 2077Kiroshi Optics Mk.3 Enables to have additional upgrades for the ocular system. Try to get the highest rarity which is Epic. It provides 3 upgrade slots.

Mods

Mod name Description
trajectory analysis cyberpunk 2077Trajectory Analysis Increases headshot bonus damage by 25%. use this mod to increase damage with Throwing Knives
weakspot detection cyberpunk 2077Weakspot Detection Increases Crit Chance by 2%.

Cyberware - Circulatory System

Slot Item Description
1 biomonitor image cyberpunk 2077Biomonitor Instantly restores a large portion of health when it drops below a certain threshold. Very valuable for this Ninja build
2 bioconductor image cyberpunk 2077Bioconductor
You can now activate Kerenzikov, Biomonitor, Sandevistan and Second Heart more often
3 second heart cyberpunk 2077Second Heart Another great option, especially early in the game when you may die often. It provides a second chance before you die.

Cyberware - Immune System

Slot Item Description
1 shock n awe cyberpunk 2077Shock-n-Awe Release electroshock when being hit. Has a certain activation chance.
2 pain editor image cyberpunk 2077Pain Editor Reduces all the damage that you receive by 10%.

Cyberware - Nervous System

You can wear 2 pieces of cyberwar for the Nervous System. Try to get the highest Rarity of the mentioned item

Slot Item Description
1 kerenzikov image cyberpunk 2077Kerenzikov You can now slow time when dodging or sliding.
2 synaptic accelerator image cyberpunk 2077Synaptic Accelerator Perfect for stealth builds. When you are detected slows time, so you can take the best available action.

Cyberware - Integumentary System

Slot Item Description
1 subdermal armor image cyberpunk 2077Subdermal Armor
Provides flat armor increase. Try to obtain the highest rarity for the highest value.
2 optical camo image cyberpunk 2077Optical Camo This is a bad boy. You will become invisible for a few seconds which you can use to take out enemies. Really neat cyberware for a stealth build
3 heat converter image cyberpunk 2077Heat Converter Increases damage if you are burning

Cyberware - Operating System

Priority Item Description
1 Militech Falcon Sandevistan Mk.5 cyberpunk 2077Militech "Falcon" Sandevistan Mk.5 Very strong Sandevistan option, but has a fairly long cooldown
2 QianT Sandevistan Mk.4 cyberpunk 2077QianT Sandevistan Mk.4  This one has 12 seconds cooldown. Moreover, it provides decent time slowly, so this is my preferred option
3 dynalar sandevistan mk 4 cyberpunk 2077Dynalar Sandevistan Mk.4  Another good option which provides a longer Sandevistan duration of 16 seconds
4 dynalar sandevistan mk 3 cyberpunk 2077Dynalar Sandevistan Mk.3  Slows time by 50% for 16 seconds. A very good option and get as early as possible. It is of Epic rarity

Operating system mods

Mod name Description
Sandevistan heatsink cyberpunk 2077Heatsink Reduces Sandevistan cooldown
Sandevistan prototype chip cyberpunk 2077Prototype Chip While Sandevistan is active, increases Crit Chance by 5%.
Sandevistan neurotransmitters cyberpunk 2077Neurotransmitters While Sandevistan is active, increases Crit Damage by 15%.
Sandevistan overclocked processor cyberpunk 2077Overclocked Processor Increases duration of Sandevistan

Cyberware - Skeleton

Slot Item Description
1 dense marrow image cyberpunk 2077Dense Marrow Increases damage of melee attacks. However, they also drain more stamina
2 microvibrator generator image cyberpunk 2077Microvibration Generator
Increases damage with melee weapons

Unfortunately, Microrotors does not increase attack speed in the 1.5 patch. However, this may change

Cyberware - Legs

Slot Item Description
1 lynx paws image cyberpunk 2077Lynx Paws A perfect option for a stealth build. Running now generates less sound.

If you want a more offensive and agile approach, get Reinforced Tendons

Cyber Ninja Build

This try was a bit more complex as Cyber Ninja in my opinion has to incorporate quickhacks. What should I offer and how should I incorporate everything to make it a feasible build?

Cyber Ninja cyberpunk 2077 cover

The Cyber Ninja build concentrates on using throwing knives and if it comes to worst - katanas. However, we now use quickhacking as another tool in our arsenal. It can be both used offensively and defensively.

This opens up opportunities, where we can blind enemies, and use that time to take out other enemies. With good gear you can even take out enemies with Short Circuit quickhack instantly

Cyber Ninja cyberpunk 2077 insta kill enemy

Or, my favorite - poison a whole group of enemies and finish them off with your throwing knives from the distance.

Cyber Ninja cyberpunk 2077 poisoning

The Cyber Ninja does not rely too much on quickhacks as his main weapon of choice is still Throwing Knives.

Attributes

In this section, I will go through recommended attributes and how you should progress with them. Picking the correct ones will ensure that you have sufficient stats to kill enemies.

Starting the game

Here are the starting attributes that I recommend:

  • Intelligence +2
  • Cool +3
  • Body +2

We want a healthy mix of all attributes. Of course, we will mainly concentrate on being effective at stealth

Progression

Here is how I recommend allocating attribute points as you progress through the game:

  • Cool +2.
  • Intelligence +2 - this will allow you to craft some good gear. I recommend investing a decent amount into it as this will greatly improve your overall damage and survivability due to better armors.
  • Reflexes +1. This stat improves your katana and knives damage
  • Body +1. Improves overall survivability, and melee damage.

At the maximum level of 50 here is what you should have:

 

  • Reflexes 20
  • Body 13. I suggest having it this high for a few reasons: you need decent survivability and you will also want to open some locked doors or be able to steal any car.
  • Cool 20
  • Intelligence 15. This is very important. It will give a boost to quickhacks, and also unlock strong Cyberware to increase offensive stats.

Alternative: You can definitely try going for 16 Intelligence and reducing either Reflexes to 18 or Body to 12. This will open Epic quickhacking crafting and allows them to deal critical hits. So decide based on your playstyle

Perks

In this section let's go through how to allocate your perk points as you progress through the game. They are very important as they give improvements to current actions and give new gameplay options.

Have in mind the Cyber Ninja build requires more perk points compared to the normal ninja build

Blade tree

Cyber Ninja build blades tree cyberpunk 2077

Level Skill Description
1 Sting Like a Bee x3 Increases attack speed by 30%. It will ensure that you have very fast attacks to take out enemies as fast as possible.
4 Slow and Steady x2 As the build is prone to enemy shots, having increased armor by 30% while moving is essential not to die instantly
4 Crimson Dance x2 (Optional) Gives a 30% chance to apply Bleed. Although it does not deal massive damage it will provide other benefits later on
6 Flight of the Sparrow x2 Reduces the Stamina cost of all attacks with Knife or Katana by 50%. Especially early you don't want to drain your stamina bar and get fatigued.
10 Blessed Blade Gives a flat 10% critical chance. Very good for this Ninja Build as it ensures more critical hits.
12 Bloodlust x2 (Optional) This ability complements Crimson Dance and gives health regeneration when the enemy is Bleeding. I think it is optional as it may be great in the mid-game but becomes useless later on.
12 Float Like A Butterfly x2 Dodging will give 50% more damage for 5 seconds. Very high increase for something that you will constantly activate Kerenzikov or dodge enemies
15 Judge, Jury and Executioner x3 Huge damage boost on the first hit to the enemy. Your knives will be much deadlier
15 Fiery Blast x3 Very strong perk. It gives a bonus of 3% damage for every 1% health the enemy is missing. It will be useful in drawn-out fights when you switch to Katana
18 Deathbolt This is an ability that you need for encounters with many enemies. Each enemy that you kill will restore your health by 20% and increase the movement speed by 30% for 5 seconds.

Athletics Tree

Cyber Ninja build athletics tree cyberpunk 2077

Level Skill Description
1 Pack Mule This is a quality of life ability that gives 60 points more carrying weight. I think it helps very early in the game when you need money fast.
1 Regeneration Allows regenerating health during combat. It is very useful for this Ninja build as you wait behind the cover for the enemy to come to you
7 Epimorphosis Increases the threshold to which HP regenerates during combat. Moreover, HP now regenerates to 100% outside of it.
7 Wolverine Health regeneration will now activate 20% faster. This will make long encounters easier to survive
9 Steel and Chrome 1 Increases melee damage by 10%. Not as useful for Throwing Knife ability but still good for katanas.
11 Like a Butterfly Dodging will now not drain stamina. This will allow to better fight during long encounters
12 Invincible As powerful as it sounds this ability only provides 15% health. However, that is still a good boost for overall survivability

Ninjutsu Tree

This is a very important perk tree for a Cyber ninja build. It enables knife throwing, poisoning and many other improvements.

Cyber Ninja build ninjutsu tree cyberpunk 2077

Level Skill Description
1 Crouching Tiger Gives 20% faster movement speed while sneaking
5 Dagger Dealer Enables knife throwing. The Knife that you wear can be thrown by aiming.
7 Assassin Deals 15% more damage to humans. Almost all the enemies that you will fight will be humans, so the choice is obvious
7 Strike from the Shadows Increases Critical Chance by 7% while sneaking. You will have a higher chance to do a critical hit on the first strike before the enemy spots you.
7 Leg Up (optional) I personally prefer to use takedowns, especially early in the game. However, if you feel that you do not use them, pass up this ability
9 Sniper Increases headshot damage by 20% outside combat. As you will use your knives when sneaking, this is a perfect ability to greatly increase Knife Throwing damage.
12 From the Shadows x2 Provides a 20% bonus critical chance for the first 7 seconds of the combat.
12 Ghost x2 Increases the detection time before the enemy spots you by 40%
14 Venomous Fangs All knives will apply poison. This is a very powerful ability as it will take care of weaker enemies if you miss the enemy's head when throwing a knife.
16 Juggler Thanks to this perk, the ninja build improves by a large margin. It allows to instantly restore a knife if throwing it results in enemy death or a critical hit.
16 Hasty Retreat Gives a 50% boost after being detected for 5 seconds. Thanks to this ability you can run around very fast and take out a few enemies before your take damage
20 Toxicology Increases the poison duration, great on boss enemies.

Cool Blood

Cyber Ninja build cold blood tree cyberpunk 2077

Level Skill Description
1 Cold Blood x3 This is a very important buff for almost any stat in the game. Although at first, it provides only faster movement speed, as you progress it will provide other benefits. I suggest upgrading this ability every 5 levels and not putting all 3 points at the start of the game
5 Will to Survive (optional) Increases Resistances by 3%. Good for an early Game. However, later on, should be swapped for Immunity
5 Blood Brawl x2 Melee damage is increased by 10% while Cold Blood is active
7 Frosty Synapses x2 Reduces quickhack cooldowns by 6% per stack of Cold Blood.
11 Collagulant Stack of Cool Blood are removed one by one instead of all at once
11 Frozen Precision Each stack of Cold BLood now increases headshot damage by 5%. Perfect choice for Knife Throwing on this Ninja build
12 Predator x2 Each stack of Cold Blood increases attack speed by 30%
12 Quick Transfer Reduces quickhack upload time by 3% per stack of Cold Blood.
14 Pain is an Illusion Reduces damage taken by 5% while Cold Blood is active
14 Cold and Calculating Critical hits can now also add a stack of Cold Blood
16 Coldest Blood x2 Increases Cold Blood stack by 2
16 Critical Condition x2 Cold Blood will have its duration increased by 50%. Ensures that you can still maintain the buffs even after hiding from the enemy.
18 Immunity Makes you immune to Bleeding, Poison, Burn, and Shock. Makes Will to Survive obsolete
20 Bloodswell Rather than dying, all Cold Blood stacks will be removed and you will Damage Immunity for 5 seconds. This can happen only once per 15 seconds.
20 Merciless While Cold Blood is active Crit Chance is increased by 5% and Crit Damage is increased by 25%

Quickhacking

Cyber Ninja build quickhacking tree cyberpunk 2077

Level Skill Description
1 Biosynergy x3 Allows RAM to recover during combat. Recover 12 RAM unit(s) every 60 sec. 
1 Bloodware x3 Quickhacks deal 30% more damage. 
5 Forget-me-not Eliminating a target affected by a quickhack instantly recovers 1 RAM unit(s). 
5 I Spy Reveals an enemy netrunner when they're attempting to hack you. 
5 Hacker's Manual Unlocks Crafting Specs for Uncommon quickhacks. 
7 Daisy Chain Eliminating a target affected by a quickhack reduces the existing cooldowns for all other active quickhacks by 15%. 
9 Signal Support x2 Increases quickhack duration by 50%. 
11 Subliminal Message x2 Quickhacks deal 100% more damage to unaware targets. 
12 Diffusion Reduces the cost of quickhacks used against an enemy already affected by a quickhack by 2 RAM units. 
12 School of Hard Hacks Unlocks Crafting Specs for Rare quickhacks. 
14 Plague x3 (optional) Quickhacks that spread can jump to 3 additional targets. Take this if your Ninja build will use quickhacks that jump to other enemies.

Build Tactics

  • Craft Rare quickhacks when you can
  • Grenades are still useful when you are detected and all hell breaks loose. So always carry a few of them
  • Do not rely on open combat and concentrate on stealth. Run behind enemies, and use quickhacks to make them blind. Throw blades to quickly dispose of cameras. There are many approaches that you can use with this build

Equipment - what items should you use?

In this section I will go through what items the Cyber Ninja build should use

Cyber Ninja cyberpunk 2077 stats

Weapons for Modern Katana build

These weapons should be used as throwing Knives. I suggest avoiding them for melee combat.

Priority Item Description
1 stinger cyberpunk 2077Stinger A very powerful knife that deals additional chemical damage
2 tanto cyberpunk 2077Tanto Not better than knife, just looks a bit cooler
3 knife cyberpunk 2077Knife Alternative as a throwing blade until you get the Stinger

Katanas:

Priority Item Description
1 byakko cyberpunk 2077Byakko A very powerful katana, that has the unique ability to lunge onto enemies from a medium distance.
2 satori cyberpunk 2077Satori Allows dealing massive critical damage. Best to have as large as possible Crit Chance.
3 katana cyberpunk 2077Katana A base Katana, that does not have any unique abilities. However, it is easy to obtain the Legendary version.

Weapon Mods

Mod name Description
cold shoulder cyberpunk 2077Cold Shoulder Increases damage by 5%.
scourge cyberpunk 2077Scourge Increases Crit Damage by 10%.
white-knuckled cyberpunk 2077White-Knuckled Increases Crit Chance by 2.5%.

Armor Mods

Mod name Description
dead eye cyberpunk 2077Deadeye This is a very powerful clothing mod, that increases the headshot damage multiplier. This will allow dealing large damage with Throwing Blades.
Fortuna cyberpunk 2077Fortuna Gives +4% Crit Chance. Definitely get it as you need as much as possible Crit Chance for Ninja build
zero drag cyberpunk 2077Zero Drag Increases movement speed. It can make the gameplay a bit more difficult as you may run through the enemies. But overall makes the experience even more enjoyable and the enemy kills much faster
armadillo cyberpunk 2077Armadillo I recommend this mod for maximum survivability It gives bonus armor. Try to get the Legendary or Epic variant

Cyberware - Frontal Cortex

Slot Item Description
1 Heal-on-kill cyberpunk 2077Heal-On-Kill This item provides a certain percentage of health after each enemy that you kill. The effectiveness increases with the cyberware rarity
2 limbic system enhancement cyberpunk 2077Limbic System Enhancement
Increases Crit Chance
3 ex-disk icon cyberpunk 2077Ex-Disk
Increases your cyberdeck's max RAM units.

Cyberware - Ocular System

Slot Item Description
1 kiroshi optics mk3 image cyberpunk 2077Kiroshi Optics Mk.3 Enables to have additional upgrades for the ocular system. Try to get the highest rarity which is Epic. It provides 3 upgrade slots.

Mods

Mod name Description
weakspot detection cyberpunk 2077Weakspot Detection Increases Crit Chance by 2%.
explosive analysis cyberpunk 2077Explosive Analysis If you plan on using Grenades, this is a great quality of life improvement

Cyberware - Circulatory System

Slot Item Description
1 biomonitor image cyberpunk 2077Biomonitor Instantly restores a large portion of health when it drops below a certain threshold. Very valuable for this Ninja build
2 bioconductor image cyberpunk 2077Bioconductor
You can now activate Kerenzikov, Biomonitor, and Second Heart more often
3 second heart cyberpunk 2077Second Heart Another great option, especially early in the game when you may die often. It provides a second chance before you die.

Cyberware - Immune System

Slot Item Description
1 shock n awe cyberpunk 2077Shock-n-Awe Release electroshock when being hit. Has a certain activation chance.
2 pain editor image cyberpunk 2077Pain Editor Reduces all the damage that you receive by 10%.

Cyberware - Nervous System

You can wear 2 pieces of cyberwar for the Nervous System. Try to get the highest Rarity of the mentioned item

Slot Item Description
1 kerenzikov image cyberpunk 2077Kerenzikov You can now slow time when dodging or sliding.
2 synaptic accelerator image cyberpunk 2077Synaptic Accelerator Perfect for stealth builds. When you are detected slows time, so you can take the best available action.

Cyberware - Integumentary System

Slot Item Description
1 subdermal armor image cyberpunk 2077Subdermal Armor
Provides flat armor increase. Try to obtain the highest rarity for the highest value.
2 optical camo image cyberpunk 2077Optical Camo This is a bad boy. You will become invisible for a few seconds which you can use to take out enemies. Really neat cyberware for a stealth build
3 heat converter image cyberpunk 2077Heat Converter Increases damage if you are burning

Cyberware - Operating System

Priority Item Description
1 NetWatch Netdriver Mk.5 cyberpunk 2077NetWatch Netdriver Mk.5 This is a very strong cyberdeck purely for offensive quickhacks. It allows them to transfer to other targets within a 3-meter radius. Moreover, increases quickhack damage by 30%.
2 Tetratronic Rippler Mk.4 cyberpunk 2077Tetratronic Rippler Mk.4 Although you will probably not use many ultimate quickhacks, this cyberdeck greatly reduces upload time and cooldowns.
3 arasaka mk4 cyberpunk 2077Arasaka Mk.4 Decreases the cost of Covert quickhacks by 2 RAM. Combat quickhack duration is increased.
4 Arasaka Mk 3 cyberpunk 2077Arasaka Mk.3 Decreases the cost of Covert quickhacks by 1 RAM and increases the duration of quickhacks by 30%.
5 Stephenson Tech Mk 3 cyberpunk 2077Stephenson Tech Mk.3 Great Cyberdeck, which decreases the cooldown of quickhacks by 45%.

Quickhacks to be used with the Cyberdeck

Mod name Description
ping cyberpunk 2077Ping It is a mandatory quickhack that reveals all enemies that are connected to the network. This will allow you to see all enemies through the walls and plan your encounter.
reboot optics cyberpunk 2077Reboot Optics Allows to silently blind enemies. Moreover, you can also use it in combat to make enemies less likely to accurately hit you.
whistle cyberpunk 2077Whistle You can attract enemies to your position and silently take them out.
short circuit cyberpunk 2077Short Circuit A very powerful quickhack that deals electrical damage. It is very effective against robots, drones, mechs, etc.
contagion cyberpunk 2077Contagion Powerful combat quickhack that deals chemical damage over time. Moreover, it spreads to nearby targets making it very deadly against a group of enemies.

Cyberware - Skeleton

Slot Item Description
1 dense marrow image cyberpunk 2077Dense Marrow Increases damage of melee attacks. However, they also drain more stamina
2 microvibrator generator image cyberpunk 2077Microvibration Generator
Increases the base damage of melee weapons

Microrotors do not increase attack speed in the 1.5 patch. Due to this, we skip this cyberware.

Cyberware - Legs

Slot Item Description
1 lynx paws image cyberpunk 2077Lynx Paws A perfect option for a stealth build. Running now generates less sound.

If you want a more offensive and agile approach, get Reinforced Tendons

Conclusion

Thank you for reading the Best Ninja builds for Cyberpunk 2077. I covered two distinct playstyles. One is more of a traditional Ninja approach, where you use stealth, throwing blades, and occasional melee to deal with enemies.

Another option is a modern approach, where we add quickhacks into the mix. Pick your preferred playstyle and try out the build!

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