Best Sniper Build - Giants Killer - Cyberpunk 2077

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Best Sniper Build - Giants Killer

This post will cover what I would think is the best sniper build in Cyberpunk 2077. Although there are other variations that offer much higher damage, this one provides very interesting gameplay:

  • Ricocheting bullets
  • Sniper Rifle with Silencer

Did this grab your attention? If I may add the Sniper Rifles that will be used will have the best sound effects out of all weapons in the game.

So let's start

Sniper Build - Giants killer

The build is inspired by the anti-tank material rifles, that can pierce the heaviest armors. Of course, we will have a twist, a special rifle that can also use a silencer.

Not only that but you will be able to utilize the weapon's Power ability so that bullets could ricochet. This will allow you, if played smart, to take out enemies behind the wall and also provide some thrills of fast thinking.

The build is optimized all around and will use stealth, assault, crafting, and hacking perks.

Attributes

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

These are attribute allocations that I recommend starting with. It will ensure that you have decent damage with rifles and have some improvements with armor.

  • Reflexes: +3
  • Technical Ability: +3
  • Cool: +1

Progression

As your progress through the game, I recommend prioritizing Reflexes and Cool. Once you reach 12 Cool you can stop putting points and then concentrate on Technical Ability

When you obtain Overwatch you should have 10 Body to wield it properly

Endgame

Here is how your attributes should look like at level 50

best sniper build attributes cyberpunk 2077

  • Reflexes 20. Increase Sniper Rifle damage and any related stats
  • Technical Ability 20. Increases armor and allows the crafting of the strongest weapons and armors in the game.
  • Body 10. You need to have this before obtaining the Overwatch or STP32 Sniper Rifles. They require 10 Body to be used effectively. This happened after the 1.5 patch
  • Cool 12. Can unlock more stealth-related perks and provides decent improvements to Cold Blood
  • Intelligence 9. We need this for some quickhacks and Cyberware that increase Crit Chance.

Perks

In this section, I will go through recommended perks for the Sniper build in Cyberpunk 2077. These are Base perks that I recommend taking

Assault

sniper build assault tree cyberpunk 2077

Level Skill Description
1 Bulletjock x3 Increases damage with Sniper Rifles by 10%
1 Eagle Eye x3 Reduces time to aim down sights. It is relevant for this Sniper build as you will move around often, due to this you need to be able to target enemies fast
5 Covering Killshot x2 Increases Crit chance with Sniper rifles by 8% when shooting behind the cover
7 Bullseye Sniper rifle damage is increased by 10% when shooting with aim.
7 Executioner Deal more damage with Sniper Rifle if the enemy has more than 50% health.
9 Shoot, Reload, Repeat x2 After you take out an enemy increases reload time for a few seconds.
11 Nerves of Steel x2 Increases headshot damage with Sniper Rifles by 15%.
12 Trench Warfare x2 Increases damage by 10% when shoot from behind the cover
14 Named Bullets Crit damage is increased by 20% for  Sniper rifles.
16 Recoil Wrangler Reduces recoil by 5%
18 In Perspective Allows bullet to ricochet additional times from Sniper Rifles
18 Long Shot The further you are from the enemy the more sniper damage is increased.
20 Savage Stoic Increases damage by 35% when standing still
20 Punisher Sway is decreased for 10 seconds after the enemy is defeated.

Engineering tree

We mainly take this tree for Power Type upgrades (ricocheting)

Pistol build power pistol Engineering cyberpunk 2077

Level Skill Description
5 Draw the Line If equipped with Ballistic Coprocessor shows ricochet trajectory. With this perk you can now plan how to best take out enemies behind covers as you can see where your bullet will hit
16 Play the Angles x3 Ricochet deals additional 50% damage.

However, if you will have left up perks, definitely get Grenade upgrades:

sniper builds grenade perks cyberpunk 2077

Level Skill Description
5 Grenadier Displays the radius of Grenades
7 Sharpnel All grenades deal 20 damage, in addition to their normal effects
11 Bigger Booms x5 Grenades deal 25% more damage
16 Can't Touch This You will become immune to your own grenade effects
20 Jackpot Enables Grenades to deal Crit hits.

Crafting Tree

Thanks to this tree you will be able to upgrade Sniper rifles for maximum damage

sniper build crafting tree cyberpunk 2077

Level Skill Description
5 True Craftsman Allows crafting Rare items
11 Field Technician x2 Crafted weapons deal 10% more damage. This perk will make it worthwhile to craft weapons.
12 Grease Monkey Allows crafting epic items
16 Tune-Up Can upgrade lower quality components to higher ones. You will need this perk later in the game to get Epic and Legendary components
18 Edgerunner Artisan Allows to craft legendary items
20 Cutting Edge All damage stats for crafted weapons is increased by 5%

If you have left some points, also take Grenade related perks:

Level Skill Description
9 Sapper x2 Increases Grenade damage by 20%

Cool Blood

sniper build cold blood cyberpunk 2077

Cool Level Skill Description
1 Cold Blood x3 Allows gaining Cold Blood stacks that provide various stats bonuses.
11 Coolagulant Stack of Cold Blood are removed one by one instead of all at once
11 Frozen Precision Headshot damage is increased by 5% for each stack of Cold Blood. This will allow you to maximize Sniper rifle damage.
12 Icy Veins x2 Reduces weapon recoil by 6% for each stack of Clod Blood. This way your sniper rifle will be much more accurate

Ninjutsu

sniper build ninjutsu tree cyberpunk 2077

Cool Level Skill Description
1 Silent and Deadly Increases damage with Silenced weapons. The main Sniper Rifle Overwatch is silenced, which makes it a very strong perk
1 Crouching Tiger Movement speed is increased by 20% when sneaking
7 Strike From the Shadows Increases Crit Chance by 7% while sneaking.
7 Assassin The perk increases damage to humans by 15%
9 Sniper x2 Increases headshot damage by 20% outside of combat. This perk is very effective against the first enemy, that has not yet detected you.
12 From the Shadows x2 Crit Chance is increased by 20% for 7 seconds after entering combat
12 Ghost x2 Increases the time it takes enemies to detect you by 40%

Athletics

sniper build athletics tree cyberpunk 2077

Level Skill Description
1 Regeneration Health can now regenerate during combat
7 Epimorphosis Increases Health regen threshold from 60% to 65% in combat and to 100% out of combat

Quikchacking

I recommend investing in this perk tree once you have decently covered everything that is related to Sniper rifles.

sniper build quickhacking tree cyberpunk 2077

Level Skill Description
1 Biosynergy x3 Increases RAM recovery during combat. You will not use many quickhacks, however, you should still have an adequate recovery rate in case you need to use them
5 I Spy Reveals enemy netrunner if they are attempting to hack you. I think this is important as you can use STP32 Grad to take them out through walls before they deal damage
7 Weak Link You should be often using Distract Enemies quickhack. Weak Link will allow decreasing the amount of RAM this quickhack costs
9 Signal Support x2 Increases quickhack duration by 30%

Breach Protocol

I recommend investing into this perk tree once you have decently covered everything that is related to Sniper rifles.

sniper build breach protocol tree cyberpunk 2077

Level Skill Description
1 Mass Vulnerability x2 Enemy physical resistance is decreased by 30% for 6 minutes. Will make sure that you can one-shot enemies with Sniper Rifle
7 Mass Vulnerability: Resistances Weakens enemy resistances in the network by 30%.

Build tactics

Okay, this is what tactics and gameplay strategies I use with this Sniper build:

  1. Start with Breach Protocol to apply Mass Vulnerability to everyone in the network
  2. Apply Ping to reveal all enemies in the network. This will allow you to plan the best approach.
  3. Equip Overwatch sniper rifle for the silencer.
  4. Before engaging enemies use Distract Enemies quickhack. This way you can take out one enemy while another is looking for the distraction
  5. If you get detected and enemies are far away, equip SPT32 Grad and start shooting enemies through the walls.
  6. If enemies get close equip Kongou pistol and spam it. Due to the ricochet effect, it should easily hit enemies.

Other general tips

  • Have a few grenades on hand, they can become very useful if there is a group of enemies close to you. Grenades easily knock them out.
  • Once you have Draw the Line perk you can see the ricochet trajectory. Together with Overwatch, you can take out enemies behind the cover while not creating any noise.

Equipment recommendations

In this section, I will go through the recommended gear for Sniper build.

Weapons

As you can guess the main weapon will be a sniper rifle. However, before you obtain one of these you can definitely use something like Nekomata.

Priority Item Description
1 overwatch cyberpunk 2077Overwatch The main weapon that this Sniper Build uses and relies on. It is a unique variation of SPT32 Grad and comes with a silencer. Its drawback is that it requires 10 Body to properly utilize it.
2 Spt32 grad cyberpunk 2077SPT32 Grad The power-type sniper rifle shoots through walls and does not require power-ups like Tech Sniper rifles.
3 kongou cyberpunk 2077Kongou A Power type pistol which rounds ricochet off walls. Use it in close combat.

Recommended mods

Mod name Description
vendetta cyberpunk 2077Vendetta Increases headshot damage
crunch cyberpunk 2077Crunch Increases damage
penetrator cyberpunk 2077Penetrator Increases Crit Chance
pacifier cyberpunk 2077Pacifier Increases Crit Damage
countermass cyberpunk 2077Countermass Eliminates horizontal recoil while aiming.

Armor Mods

Mod name Description
dead eye cyberpunk 2077Deadeye Non-stackable. Provides a 15% headshot damage multiplier. Alson increases Crit damage.
armadillo cyberpunk 2077Armadillo Increases armor, great for increased survival on higher difficulties
Fortuna cyberpunk 2077Fortuna Increases crit chance by 4%.
bully cyberpunk 2077Bully Gives an 8% Crit Damage bonus

Cyberware - Frontal Cortex

Slot Item Description
1 limbic system enhancement cyberpunk 2077Limbic System Enhancement Increases Crit Chance. This is the reason why we level Intelligence to 9
2 visual cortex support cyberpunk 2077Visual Cortex Support Increases Crit Damage
3 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

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.

The ocular system recommended mods:

Mod name Description
trajectory analysis cyberpunk 2077Trajectory Analysis Increases headshot bonus damage by 25%.
weakspot detection cyberpunk 2077Weakspot Detection Increases Crit Chance by 2%.

Cyberware - Circulatory System

Slot Item Description
1 microgenerator icon cyberpunk 2077Microgenerator Once health drops to 15% you will release a shock to nearby enemies. Be careful as it may also trigger nearby explosives
2 biomonitor image cyberpunk 2077Biomonitor Automatically restores HP when it falls below 15%.
3 syn lungs cyberpunk 2077Syn-Lungs Unfortunately, due to low Body attribute, this Sniper build does not have many good options in Circulatory System

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. Try to get the highest Rarity of the mentioned item

Slot Item Description
1 synaptic accelerator image cyberpunk 2077Synaptic Accelerator Slows time when detected by enemies.
2 neofiber cyberpunk 2077NeoFiber Increases the chance to mitigate damage. because you have maximum Reflexes this is a somewhat good option to pick.

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

Operating Systems will not bring you any extreme changes, however, they will allow you to use some of the quickhacks more often in case the situation arises. Your main and most effective approach is still to use Sniper Rifles.

Priority Item Description
1 arasaka mk4 cyberpunk 2077Arasaka Mk.4 Covert quickhacks cost 2 RAM less (like Ping). Moreover, combat quickhacks have their duration increased by 40%.
2 stephenson tech mk4 cyberpunk 2077Stephenson Tech Mk.4 Reduces cooldown, and upload time. Increases combat quickhack duration. This Cyberdeck is better in case you use combat quickhacks.
3 Arasaka Mk 3 cyberpunk 2077Arasaka Mk.3 Covert quickhacks cost 1 RAM less (like Ping). Moreover, combat quickhacks have their duration increased by 30%.
4 Stephenson Tech Mk 3 cyberpunk 2077Stephenson Tech Mk.3 Reduces quickhack cooldown and increases combat quickhack duration.

Quickhacks to be used with the Cyberdeck for Sniper Build

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.

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 joints cyberpunk 2077Bionic Joints Reduces weapon recoil. The rare version can be equipped without any Body attribute requirement

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

Cyberware - Hands

Slot Item Description
1 ballistic coprocessor cyberpunk 2077Ballistic Coprocessor This implant is required to correctly utilize ricochet. It will also allow seeing the trajectories if you have taken Draw the Line perk.

Cyberware - Legs

Slot Item Description
1 reinforced tendons image cyberpunk 2077Reinforced Tendons My personal favorite makes traversing much easier.

You can also go for Lynx Paws for better stealth approaches.

Conclusion

Thank you for reading this post. I hope it covered all that you need to know to make the Best Sniper build in Cyberpunk 2077. As mentioned this is not the strongest build in terms of damage, however, it provides a more interesting angle of gameplay where you still have to use your wits.

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Anonymous

Wait how can I have plus 2 cool at the start? You only start with 7 points?

My bad, it should be +1. Fixed it