Contagion build (Patch 1.63)

Contagion build (Patch 1.63) - Cyberpunk 2077

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This post will cover Contagion build in Cyberpunk 2077. It is a quickhack that poisons enemies and spreads around. This build is especially deadly to groups of enemies.

This is a variation of netrunner build, so you can expect many things to overlap.

Contagion Build

This build concentrates on using quickhacks that spread around groups of enemies. As you can expect you will be weak against direct enemy encounters.

Contagion build cyberpunk 2077

To counter this weakness we will invest heavily into quickhacks and stealth

Not only that but Contagion Build will also be able to craft the Legendary tier quickhacks for the maximum amount of damage.

contagion build quickhack crafting cyberpunk 2077


This section 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

For Contagion build, you want to start with a maximum allocation of Intelligence. This way your quickhacks will be the most effective early in the game

  • Intelligence+3
  • Cool +3
  • Body +1


Here is how you should have allocated the attributes to reach the core of the build

Level Reflex Body Tech Cool Int
10 3 5 3 8 12
30 3 5 3 20 20
  • Intelligence 20. Ensures that Contagion build deals the largest possible damage
  • Cool 20. You will get some great perks from this attribute that increases the effectiveness of quickhacks and stealth

Of course, this leaves plenty of points to be spent elsewhere. I recommend three options, that you can put the rest of the 20 attributes:

  • Technical Ability - for crafting quickhack components and legendary armors
  • Reflexes - will maximize the critical chance and improves monowire, blades, rifles, and handguns (I personally prefer this one)
  • Body - can use it to maximize survivability, and increase effectiveness with shotguns and blunt weapons.


In this section, I will go through recommended perks for the Contagion build in Cyberpunk 2077

Breach Protocol

This perk tree will improve your daemons and provide bonuses to access points. They will be important for collecting quichack components

breach protocol tree contagion build cyberpunk 2077

Level Skill Description
1 Big Sleep x2 More of quality of life perk. You can even leave it at level 1, but this can become risky in long stealth missions.
1 Mass Vulnerability x2 Decreases physical resistance of all enemies in the network by 30%
5 Almost In! Greatly boosts the breach time for Breach Protocol. You can now spend more time finding an efficient number selection.
5 Advanced Datamine x2 Upgrades the Datamine daemon, increasing the amount of eurodollars acquired from Access Points by 100%. 
7 Mass Vulnerability: Resistances Reduces all resistance of enemies in the network. This includes Burning, Shock, etc.
7 Extended Network Interface  Automatically highlights nearby Access Points. 
9 Datamine Mastermind x2 Upgrades the Datamine daemon, increasing the amount of components acquired from Access Points by 100%. 
11 Total Recall The ICEpick daemon reduces all quickhack costs by an additional 1 RAM unit(s). 
12 Turret Tamer  Unlocks the Turret Tamer daemon, which sets the status of every turret in the network to friendly for 3 min. 
12 Datamine Virtuoso x2 Upgrades the Datamine daemon, increasing the chance to acquire a quickhack from Access Points by 100%. 
14 Cloud Cache Reduces the cost of the next quickhack. This is affected by the number of Daemons you upload to the network.
16 Totaler Recall The ICEpick daemon reduces all quickhack costs by an additional 1 RAM unit(s). 
16 Mass Vulnerability: Quickhacks Enemies take 30% more damage from quickhacks, making this a mandatory perk for the Contagion build.
18 Head Start First Daemon in the list is automatically uploaded. A good quality-of-life perk that saves time and makes the mini-game much easier.
18 Hackathon If you upload 3 daemons in the same Breach Protocol reduces quickhack cooldown by 33%. This makes you much more effective in combat for 5 minutes.
20 Buffer Optimization Daemon effect duration is doubled.
20 Compression Daemon sequences are reduced by 1


This main perk tree will greatly support all of the quickhacks you use. Moreover, you can use this tree to craft very powerful quickhacks later in the game

contagion build quickhacking cyberpunk 2077

Level Skill Description
1 Biosynergy x3 Increases the recovery of RAM during combat. 12 RAM every 60 seconds.
1 Bloodware x3 Increases the damage of quickhacks by 30%, greatly boosting Contagion build damage.
5 Forget-me-not Restores RAMs if the enemy is eliminated when affected by quickhack.
5 Hacker's Manual Unlocks crafting specs for Uncommon quickhacks
5 I Spy Reveals enemy netrunner if they try to hack you. A great perk that can save a life when in combat with multiple enemies.
7 Daisy Chain x3 If the eliminated target was under the effect of quickhack reduces current cooldowns by 30%
9 Signal Support x2 Increases quickhack duration for Contagion build by 50%
11 Subliminal Message x2 Doubles quickhack damage to unaware targets.
12 Diffusion Doubles the distance of quickhack spread.
12 Mnemonic Reduces cost of quickhacks by 2 RAM if the enemy is already affected by quickhack
12 School of Hard Hacks Unlocks rare quikchack crafting specs.
14 Plague x3 Quickhacks that spread can jump to additional targets. Makes the Contagion build even more powerful
16 Hacker Overlord Unlocks crafting specs for Epic quickhacks.
16 Critical Error Quickhacks can now deal critical hits based on Crit Rate the character has.
18 Anamnesis x3 Cyberdeck cannot fall below a certain RAM threshold
20 Bartmoss' Legacy Unlocks Legendary crafting specs for quickhacks
20 Optimization Reduces overall cost of Contagion build quickhacks by 1 RAM

Cold Blood

contagion build cold blood cyberpunk 2077

Level Skill Description
1 Cold Blood x3 Gain a stack of Cold Blood after defeating an enemy.
7 Frost Synapses x2 Quickhack cooldowns are decreased by 3% for each stack of Cold Blood. The mandatory ability for Contagion build effectiveness
11 Collagulant Cold Blood stacks are removed one by one.
12 Quick Transfer x2 Reduces the time it takes for quickhacks to be uploaded. Becomes very effective once you have multiple Cold Blood stacks
16 Critical Condition x2 Increases the duration of Cold Blood
16 Coldest Blood x2 Increases the maximum amount of stacks for Cold Blood by 2
18 Immunity Makes you immune to almost any status effect.
20 Bloodswell If you receive lethal damage and have a stack of Cold Blood this prevents you from dying. Uses the consumed stacks to replenish health.


contagion build ninjutsu tree cyberpunk 2077

Level Skill Description
1 Crouching Tiger Movements speed is increased while in stealth by 20%
2 Strike from the Shadows Increases Crit Chance while sneaking by 7%. Due to this, you should always be sneaking when playing Contagion build
7 Assassin Boosts damage to humans by 15%. As most of the enemies are humans this per is mandatory
12 Ghost x2 Increases the time that enemies need to detect you by 40%
16 Hasty Retreat Boosts movement speed by 50% when detected by enemies.
18 Critical Antidote Seems like this is the only perk related to poison that works together with Contagion

Build tactics

The build relies on having appropriate quickhacks. I recommend having these:

Contagion build quickhacks cyberpunk 2077

  • Contagion - spreads around a group of enemies dealing chemical damage
  • Short Circuit - very effective against drones and other non-human enemies
  • Ping - reveals all enemies connected to a network
  • Overheat - effective against human enemies

Another important aspect is to have Operating System - Cyberdeck. You want to have ones that spread the quickhack effect onto multiple enemies.

Some gameplay tactics

  1. When initiating combat I suggest first using Breach Protocol to get passive benefits and weaken enemies in the network. Once that is done the encounter will be much easier and quickhacks will cost less ram.
  2. Use Ping to reveal all the enemies in the Network to grasp the situation of how much you are outnumbered
  3. Now you are ready to start combat. If there are any drones, robots, etc. Use Short Circuit to shred them instantly
  4. Use Contagion on human enemies and see how the poison starts to spread around enemies. Slowly they will start looking for you.
  5. Hide somewhere so that enemies would find it difficult to see you or would take a long time to reach.
  6. It should take a few seconds and you can use the second Contagion or Overheat against a stronger enemy

Basic tips

  • Another good tip is to always carry some grenades. They can help you in difficult situations when enemies may reach you in close-quarter combat
  • Because the Contagion build has low HP always have some Bounce Backs.

Equipment recommendations

This section will cover how to best optimize Contagion build gear. I will go through the main gear that you should use to maximize the build's effectiveness


The Contagion build does not rely on ranged weapons. However, you should still have them ready in case enemies get close to you or you are on cooldown. I only recommend Tech weapons as they can charge up and shoot through walls.

Priority Item Description
1 widow maker cyberpunk 2077Widow Maker This is the option that I recommend the most. It deals decent damage and has a good range and fire rate.
2 nekomata cyberpunk 2077Nekomata A Tech sniper rifle can be found very early in the game.
3 lizzie cyberpunk 2077Lizzie
An iconic pistol that releases extra rounds per shot. This makes it very deadly even as a pistol.
4 Db-2-satara-cyberpunk-2077DB-2 Satara
A Tech shotgun may not be the best option but it is very fun to use. It also provides good sound feedback making it very satisfying to use.

Armor Mods

Mod name Description
hackslinger cyberpunk 2077Hackslinger Greatly reduces quickhack cooldowns
zero drag cyberpunk 2077Zero Drag Allows to move faster
armadillo cyberpunk 2077Armadillo Provides bonus armor that is useful for a bit higher survivability.
Fortuna cyberpunk 2077Fortuna As your quickhacks can deal critical damage, this perk is a good addition.

Cyberware - Frontal Cortex

Slot Item Description
1 memory boost icon cyberpunk 2077Memory Boost After defeating an enemy you will restore part of the RAM instantly. Makes encounters with multiple enemies easier
2 ex-disk icon cyberpunk 2077Ex-Disk Increases the maximum amount of RAM units.
3 limbic system enhancement cyberpunk 2077Limbic System Enhancement Increases Crit Chance

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.


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 microgenerator icon cyberpunk 2077Microgenerator Deals electroshock damage when health reaches 15%.
2 tyrosinse injector cyberpunk 2077Tyrosine Injector Breaching time for Breach protocol is doubled. Mandatory for Contagion build
3 syn lungs cyberpunk 2077Syn-Lungs Boosts stamina regeneration. Not mandatory, but allows you to sprint longer

Cyberware - Immune System

Slot Item Description
1 pain editor image cyberpunk 2077Pain Editor One of the best Cyberware. Reduces overall damage received by 10%. Perfect for fragile the fragile Contagio build
2 shock n awe cyberpunk 2077Shock-n-Awe Provides a chance to release Electrical nova to nearby enemies.

Cyberware - Nervous System

You can wear 2 pieces of cyberwar for the Nervous System. Unfortunately, as Contagion build does not have high Reflexes you will be left with Common or Uncommon rarity cyberware

Slot Item Description
1 synaptic accelerator image cyberpunk 2077Synaptic Accelerator Slows time when detected by enemies.
2 reflex tuner imageReflex Tuner Slows time when health drops to 25%

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
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 Allows quickhacks to jump to other enemies. I think this is the most powerful cyberdeck for Contagion build.
2 stephenson tech mk4 cyberpunk 2077Stephenson Tech Mk.4 Decreases cooldowns of quickhacks by 45%. Moreover, combat quickhacks have a longer duration of 50%. Very good for Contagion and Inferno hacks
3 fuyutsuki tinkerer mk 3 cyberpunk 2077Fuyutsuki Tinkerer Mk.3 This is a good option for Contagion build as it increases spread distance and combat quickhack duration.
3 biotech mk 3 cyberpunk 2077Biotech Σ Mk.3 Boosts damage dealt by quickhacks 20%
4 Stephenson Tech Mk 3 cyberpunk 2077Stephenson Tech Mk.3 Increases the duration of quickhacks by 40% and decreases their cooldown by 45%.

These are the main quickhacks that I recommend having. They will ensure that you can effectively deal with most enemies in the game.

Item Description
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.
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.
short circuit cyberpunk 2077Short Circuit A very powerful quickhack that deals electrical damage. It is very effective against robots, drones, mechs, etc.
overheat cyberpunk 2077Overheat Deals burning damage, very effective against human targets.

Cyberware - Skeleton

Slot Item Description
1 Synaptic signal optimizer imageSynaptic Signal Optimizer You can obtain common quality cyberware for a minimal amount of health boost.
2 bionic lungs cyberpunk 2077Bionic Lungs Boosts Stamina. Not mandatory cyberware but provides benefits when sprinting long distances

A good option is Microrotos cyberware. Unfortunately, after testing I did not see that it would improve the attack speed.

Cyberware - Legs

Slot Item Description
1 reinforced tendons image cyberpunk 2077Reinforced Tendons My personal favorite makes traversing much easier.
1 lynx paws image cyberpunk 2077Lynx Paws A perfect option for stealth approaches


Thanks for reading this build guide. It should cover all that you need to know to make the best Contagion build in Cyberpunk 2077. As mentioned, this is a variation to a netrunner build, meaning the gameplay style is very similar.

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