Best Assault Rifle build - Commando

Best Assault Rifle build - Commando - Cyberpunk 2077

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This post covers the best Assault Rifle Build for Cyberpunk 2077. It is a fast-paced ranged setup that relies on Assault Rifles with a fast fire rate and strong suppressing fire. Thanks to the correct perks and cyberware the build will be able to release a barrage of bullets and respectable damage numbers!

Assault Rifle Build - Commando

The build is a very powerful setup for those who are looking for a "Commando" setup. Your main weapon will be Assault Rifle which can be used both with a silencer and without. This means that you can engage in stealth if the situation requires it.

The main idea of the build is that you engage in combat using your Assault Rifle which is just landing your shots as precisely as you can for headshots or enemy weak spots. So the effectiveness of the build depends on how accurate you are.

To further maximize the Assault Rifle damage, I also recommend using various muzzles and scopes which further boost the damage. This is part of the equation, another aspect is cyberware that can ensure you have a very high critical chance and survivability to instantly dying.

The build was created and tested on Very Hard difficulty.


First, let's go through attributes, they provide stat bonuses and unlock new perks. The more points you invest the better options you unlock that allow creating the Assault Rifle build.

Starting Game

Here are what attributes we should be taking at the start of the game. You can allocate in total of 7 points.

Attribute Allocation Description
ico_coolCool +1 Unlocks a few stealth perks, that are useful even early in the game.
ico_refReflexes +3 Unlocks Assault rifle-related perks and increases the critical chance.
ico_bodyBody +2 Unlocks the first-tier perks
ico_techTechnical Ability +1 Gives bonus armor and unlocks first-tier perks

End Game Attributes

Here is how the end-game setup would look with the build once you have all the attributes sorted out:

The build is finished at level 41. I am leaving at level 52, to also increase critical damage and give options for stealth.
Attribute Allocation Description
ico_refReflexes 20 The main perks of Assault Rifles and mobility via Dash perk icon cyberpunk 2077Dash
ico_bodyBody 15 Gives access to Adrenaline Rush perk icon cyberpunk 2077Adrenaline Rush​ for better survivability.
ico_techTechnical Ability 20 The base value gives access to some good perks for cyberware capacity and item recharge time.
ico_coolCool 15 Improves critical damage and unlocks some stealth-related perks if you are interested.
ico_intIntelligence 3 We skip this attribute as we do not use anything
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Let's go through the perks of the Assault Rifle Commando Build. You will need about 58~ perk points for the build, and the base game awards about 80 with skills progression and perk shards. So some should be left to adjust the build to your needs.

Reflexes Perks

This ability tree is mainly taken to unlock mobility perks. They will make it easier to traverse the world, and also improve your combat capabilities. For example, you can move faster from enemy to enemy using DashDash.

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Level 4 Perks

Perk Description
Stuntjock perk icon cyberpunk 2077Stuntjock Cool move that can greatly open up combat options
Slippery perk icon cyberpunk 2077Slippery Base perk, that we will need to progress to other levels
Parkour! perk icon cyberpunk 2077Parkour! Vaulting faster through obstacles can result in the enemy dead a second earlier. Moreover, it will be a lifesaver when you are running with low health.
Multitasker perk icon cyberpunk 2077Multitasker Want to do cool kills? Well, this is for you
Muscle Memory perk icon cyberpunk 2077Muscle Memory Allows maintaining mobility while you reload.
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Level 9 Perks

Perk Description
Dash perk icon cyberpunk 2077Dash Another new perk that gives a short dash to avoid or get close to the enemies.
Can't Touch This perk icon cyberpunk 2077Can't Touch This A 100% mitigation chance while dodging is very valuable. This will give you a higher chance of reaching an enemy if you are under heavy fire.
Steady Grip perk icon cyberpunk 2077Steady Grip Shooting while Dashing? What can be cooler?
Mean Streak perk icon cyberpunk 2077Mean Streak I would say this is only relevant if you plan on using Kerenzikov cyberware. Otherwise, the Dash duration is very short and it may be hard to land the kill.
Ready, Rested, Reloaded perk icon cyberpunk 2077Ready, Rested, Reloaded Improves handling of Assault Rifles
Spice of Life perk icon cyberpunk 2077Spice of Life Encourages swapping weapons, more intended for SMGs, so you can skip this one.
Tunnel Vision perk icon cyberpunk 2077Tunnel Vision Easier handling of weapons.
Mind Over Matter perk icon cyberpunk 2077Mind Over Matter Easier handling of assault rifles while shooting.

Level 15 Perks

Perk Description
Air Dash perk icon cyberpunk 2077Air Dash The perk decreases the stamina cost of dashing and allows air dashing for even cooler combat mobility.
Aerodynamic perk icon cyberpunk 2077Aerodynamic Mitigation strength will ensure that you take a fraction of the damage while dashing in the air.
Aerial Acrobat perk icon cyberpunk 2077Aerial Acrobat The mobility improves substantially, giving full control where you move mid-air.
Sharpshooter perk icon cyberpunk 2077Sharpshooter Decreases stamina consumption, with some upgrades it will improve further.
Spray and Pray perk icon cyberpunk 2077Spray and Pray With late-game upgrades and cyberware sometimes, you don't even need to aim down sights, and it's enough to shoot with 100% accuracy.
Gundancer perk icon cyberpunk 2077Gundancer I think the perfect perk to fit the Commando theme, is that you can move and shoot precisely.
Shoot to Chill perk icon cyberpunk 2077Shoot to Chill An indirect damage increase by giving bonus armor penetration.
Practice Makes Perfect perk icon cyberpunk 2077Practice Makes Perfect A remarkable upgrade, that gives a direct damage boost for Assault Rifles.
Air Kerenzikov perk icon cyberpunk 2077Air Kerenzikov Only pick this if you plan on using Kerenzikov, otherwise useless.

Level 20 Perks

Perk Description
Salt in the Wound perk icon cyberpunk 2077Salt in the Wound With precise shooting, this will release a very strong burst shot that will most likely destroy any foe.
Tailwind perk icon cyberpunk 2077Tailwind If you are like me and constantly use Dashes, this upgrade is mandatory to better manage stamina.

Body Perks

Body perks are relevant for health regeneration and overall survivability. They will be extremely useful during combat.

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Level 4 Perks

Perk Description
Painkiller perk icon cyberpunk 2077Painkiller With the recent 2.0 patch, I think this perk is mandatory for any build. Especially early game healing is sparse, so to be able to regenerate in combat is a good quality of life improvement
Comeback Kid perk icon cyberpunk 2077Comeback Kid It seems an obvious choice, who does not want higher health regen closer to death?
Dorph-head perk icon cyberpunk 2077Dorph-head Blood Pump is one of the mandatory cyberware for the build, and getting a 100% mitigation chance is great
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Level 15 Perks

Perk Description
Adrenaline Rush perk icon cyberpunk 2077Adrenaline Rush Drastically increases your survivability, by giving a second layer of HP. This will activate any time we use a healing item. For this reason, I recommend having Blood Pump, especially in the late game.
Calm Mind perk icon cyberpunk 2077Calm Mind Delay the Adrenaline Rush perk icon cyberpunk 2077Adrenaline Rush​ decay, making it last a bit longer. Not a huge improvement especially on intense fights.
Juggernaut perk icon cyberpunk 2077Juggernaut 20% movement speed and 10% damage while Adrenaline Rush is active? Let's go
Unstoppable Force perk icon cyberpunk 2077Unstoppable Force Being squishy and getting knocked down is the worst thing that can happen.

Technical Ability Perks

This tree is responsible for higher cyberware capacity, better healing, and improvements to Sandevistan.

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Level 4 Perks

Perk Description
Glutton for War perk icon cyberpunk 2077Glutton for War Faster health item restoration after each kill
First Aid perk icon cyberpunk 2077First Aid Increased recharge time for healing items
Transfusion perk icon cyberpunk 2077Transfusion Even more health restoration from the last item.

Level 9 Perks

Perk Description
Health Freak perk icon cyberpunk 2077Health Freak 3rd health item will give a huge survivability increase.
Borrowed Time perk icon cyberpunk 2077Borrowed Time Easily regain health items when close to death.
All Things Cyber perk icon cyberpunk 2077All Things Cyber This is a mandatory perk as we will need as much Cyberware as we can. Reduces its costs for Skeleton and Integumentary Systems
Renaissance Punk perk icon cyberpunk 2077Renaissance Punk With this build, we will have 4 attributes above 9, so worth taking it.
Chrome Constitution perk icon cyberpunk 2077Chrome Constitution The damage reduction is a good improvement, but I would leave this perk for the late game.

Level 15 Perks

Perk Description
License to Chrome perk icon cyberpunk 2077License to Chrome Additional cyberware slot and higher stat modifiers. We also want this for progression to get the next perks.
Extended Warranty perk icon cyberpunk 2077Extended Warranty The increased duration is useful for Sandevistan
Ambidextrous perk icon cyberpunk 2077Ambidextrous The additional cyberware slot gives access to two very powerful cyberware when using ranged weapons.
Cyborg perk icon cyberpunk 2077Cyborg I recommend picking this in the late game, once you can equip all slots with cyberware. The reduced cooldown is amazing boost almost for everything.

Level 20 Perks

Perk Description
Edgerunner perk icon cyberpunk 2077Edgerunner Unlocks a higher capacity for cyberware and gives a unique Fury mechanic that drastically improves critical damage and other offensive stats.

Cool Perks

These perks are mainly if you are doing Stealth setup. However, for the core build, I only recommend a few of them. Still, having high Cool is beneficial as this improves critical damage.

Personally, if using Sandevistan, it can act as an improvement for stealth where you can kill enemies before they understand what is happening. Just slow time during the shooting or crouching.

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Level 4 Perks - Core 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. I think it may be optional on Easy difficulty but on Very Hard it is mandatory for any stealth build.
Killer Instinct perk icon cyberpunk 2077Killer Instinct Ensures that silenced weapons deal bonus damage when shooting outside of combat (or stealth)
Gag Order perk icon cyberpunk 2077Gag Order Delay detection is useful when you are playing stealth. This way you can avoid combat even if you miss a shot.
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Level 15 Perks - optional Stealth setup perks

Perk Description
Ninjutsu perk icon cyberpunk 2077Ninjutsu Gives the option to crouch sprint. I am personally not a fan of it, but you need it to progress further.
Creeping Death perk icon cyberpunk 2077Creeping Death Optional one if you are using Optical Camo cyberware
Vanishing Act perk icon cyberpunk 2077Vanishing Act Optional one if you are using Optical Camo cyberware

Perks - Relic

These perks are available with Phantom Liberty DLC. They will give further improvements to some of the game mechanics.

Priority Perk Description
1 Vulnerability Analytics perk icon cyberpunk 2077Vulnerability Analytics Shows vulnerabilities, that allow for huge damage boosts. Very effective against stronger enemies like mechs, elites, or drones.
2 Machine Learning perk icon cyberpunk 2077Machine Learning Increases the frequency of vulnerabilities.

There are still multiple relic points that you can spend. One option is taking Emergency CloakingEmergency Cloaking​ if you plan on using Optical Cloak. Can be helpful to take better control of the encounters.

If you plan on using Arms Cyberware like Projectile Launch System, don't forget to take JailbreakJailbreak​ and Launch Capacity OverrideLaunch Capacity Override. Otherwise, I don't think other options are worth it.


This section will cover what gear I recommend using with the Commando build. Always try to obtain the highest tier equipment as it provides the best stats and most modification slots.

Best Assault Rifles

To be honest there are multiple good rifles. Just test them and pick the one that mostly fits your preferred shooting style.

Item Description
prejudice cyberpunk 2077Prejudice Maybe the strongest rifle in terms of damage against elites. It is a perfect choice of a stealth weapon. However, Prejudice requires you to either have finished the game or be close to finishing it.
kybui xmod 2 icon cyberpunk2077Kyubi x-MOD2 This rifle has multiple modification slots making it very easy to improve on the already good weapon. However, the main downside is that you have to click to shoot, and holding doesn't work.
carmen cyberpunk 2077Carmen This iconic weapon has been introduced in Phantom Liberty. Overall, I like its feel and felt the most trustworthy weapon.
umbra xmod2 cyberpunk 2077Umbra x-MOD2 As with all x-MOD, it offers additional slots, very useful for the later part of the game once you have access to legendary modifications.
psalm 11 6 cyberpunk 2077Psalm 11:6 Burning assault rifle that deals adequate damage.
pit bull cyberpunk 2077Pit Bull Very good Assault Rifle, that felt perfect for my playstyle.

Now let's go through a few modifications that you can equip with Assault Rifles to improve your setup. Generally, you will want to go for as high a rarity as possible, this way you get the best stats.

Modification Slot Description
strigoi muzzle cyberpunk 2077RC-7 Strigoi Muzzle There are two versions of the muzzle. Try getting the one that both improves crit chance and reduces recoil.
xc 10 cetus silencer cyberpunk 2077XC-10 Cetus Muzzle This silencer has a special Tier 5 version that also guarantees critical hits.
so 21 saika scope cyberpunk 2077SO-21 Saika Scope The Tier 5 version gives bonus crit chance, damage, and improved range.
kanetsugu cyberpunk 2077Kanetsugu Scope Gives bonus range and crit chance.
better half cyberpunk 2077Better Half Mod Increases crit chance substantially once the magazine has used half of the ammo.
equalizer cyberpunk 2077Equalizer Mod It just straight-up improved damage against elites.
swiss cheese cyberpunk 2077Swiss Cheese Mod More armor penetration for higher damage.
ready steady cyberpunk 2077Ready Steady Mod Reduced recoil for better weapon handling.


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 capacity. However, as you progress and drop more Capacity Shards, you will be able to equip more.

I will be covering here what is your goal for the end game, to make the build as powerful as possible

For Cyberware I urge you to use Kerenzikov. However, it has some problems with Sandevistan. Check the next section that explains how to use it.

First Priority Cyberware

This is what is essential to make the build work. I would even recommend dropping everything else to equip these if cyberware capacity doesn't allow it. These cyberware selections make the core of the build.

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Slot Cyberware Description
Frontal Cortex 1 kerenzikov boost system cyberpunk 2077Kerenzikov Boost System Very cheap cost and can be used to gain an advantage with targeting while Kerenzikov is active.
Skeleton 1 spring joints cyberpunk 2077Spring Joints Improves mitigation strength, complementing Defenzikov, and Neofiber.
Nervous System 2 kerenzikov cyberpunk 2077Kerenzikov While aiming + Dash with Assault Rifle this allows stopping down time. With Defenzikov you will also gain a huge survivability, so benefits are two-fold.
Nervous System 1 neofiber cyberpunk 2077Neofiber Thanks to Defenzikov, the bonus mitigation strength will prove effective in ensuring you receive as little damage as possible.
Integumentary System 1 defenzikov cyberpunk 2077Defenzikov Enables a 90% mitigation chance after Kerenzikov ends. Greatly improving the survivability of the build.
countershell cyberpunk 2077Countershell Can be used before you obtain Defenzikov.
Integumentary System 2 rangeguard cyberpunk 2077Rangeguard I recommend this one as you will most likely engage in medium to long-range combat, so the bonus armor effect will work most of the time.
carapace cyberpunk 2077Carapace Additional Armor boost, if you are getting flanked. Use it if you have spare cyberware capacity.
subdermal armor cyberpunk 2077Subdermal Armor A simple cyberware that has a high armor-to-cyberware capacity cost ratio.
Operating System 1 militech apogee sandevistan cyberpunk 2077Militech "Apogee" Sandevistan This version of Sandevistan provides a bit higher damage bonuses but comes with a shorter duration and increased cyberware capacity cost.
militech falcon sandevistanMilitech "Falcon" Sandevistan A bit weaker version, but enough for the the end game. Has 10 10-second duration and adequate combat bonuses.
dynalar sandevistan cyberpunk 2077Dynalar Sandevistan This is the base version that I recommend using from early levels.
Hands 1 shock absorber cyberpunk 2077Shock Absorber Reduces recoil and gives a headshot damage bonus from Cool attunement.
Circulatory System 1 biomonitor cyberpunk 2077Biomonitor Automatically heals, makes the combat somewhat easier, as you do not have to worry how long it takes to use a healing item.
Circulatory System 2 blood pump cyberpunk 2077Blood Pump The most powerful healing item in the game, it will ensure that you don't die while using OverclockOverclock
Legs reinforced tendons cyberpunk 2077Reinforced Tendons My personal favorite makes traversing much easier.
fortified ankles cyberpunk 2077Fortified Ankles Gives the highest jumps and high boost to armor compared to cyberware capacity cost. But you need to hold the jump button.

Second Priority Cyberware

This is what you should be getting once you have the core cyberware, or you have free capacity.

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Slot Cyberware Description
Face 1 kiroshi cockatrice optics cyberpunk 2077Kiroshi "Cockatrice" Optics I would emphasize this version as a flat 30% crit chance increase is significant. Assault Rifles suffer from low damage, and crit chance is one sure way to increase it.
kiroshi clairyvoyant optics cyberpunk 2077Kiroshi "Clairvoyant" Optics Improved version of eye cyberware, improves headshot damage from attunement.
basic kiroshi optics cyberpunk 2077Basic Kiroshi Optics The basic version of Eye cyberware. Still improves headshot damage with attunement.
Skeleton 1 epimorphic skeleton cyberpunk 2077Epimorphic Skeleton An excellent cyberware that gives a good boost to survivability. The bonus HP should be enough to make sure that you don't die even from Sniper shots. Moreover, Defenzikov will cover most of your survivability
kinetic frame cyberpunk 2077Kinetic Frame Higher mitigation chance, but I personally always either Dash or shoot, so it's hard to maintain high Stamina.
Nervous System 3 visual cortex support cyberpunkVisual Cortex Support Another cyberware that ensures a higher critical chance.

Final Cyberware setup

The last tier of cyberware options. If you plan on getting Cyborg perk icon cyberpunk 2077Cyborg, then you will need to fill all the cyberware slots, so have a plan for it.

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Slot Cyberware Description
Frontal Cortex 2 newton module cyberpunk 2077Axolotl This cyberware will take the build to the ultimate level. It has a very steep capacity cost. But it gives cooldown reductions for every cyberware.
newton module cyberpunk 2077Newton Module Gives a cyberware cooldown reduction after taking out an enemy. It is not much, however, with multiple kills, the effect adds up.
Skeleton 3 universal booster cyberpunk 2077Universal Booster Provides good bonuses for stamina costs and increases armor. However, the cyberware cost is steep.
bionic joints cyberpunk 2077Bionic Joints Gives bonus armor for higher survivability. Overall, just filling this slot with something cheap
Integumentary System 3 painducer cyberpunk 2077Painducer One of the best cyberware to improve the survivability of Commando. This is perfect for avoiding those one-shot kills that enemy snipers may land.
nano plating cyberpunk 2077Nano-Plating If you are constantly using Dash, this is a great way to get a little bit of protection. Overall Nano-Plating gives a decent armor improvement.
shock n awe cyberpunk 2077Shock-N-Awe I recommend this cyberware if you prefer shooting in closer range, like mixing in Dash. This way when you are hit, you may release electroshock for a substantial damage boost.
Hands 1 immovable force cyberpunk 2077Immovable Force if you are using fast-firing weapons like Assault Rifles that have large recoil, the Immovable Force cyberware makes it much easier to handle. Of course, it comes with a steep cyberware capacity cost so is meant for the end game.
Circulatory System 3 heal on kill cyberpunk 2077Heal-On-Kill I would say this is the safest option, it gives an additional layer of HP restoration.
clutch padding cyberpunk 2077Clutch Padding
You can use this implant to further reduce stamina costs for shooting.
threatevac cyberware cyberpunk 2077Threatevac Low-cost alternative to fill the slot

How to Use the Build

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

Core Mechanics

Let's go through what I think are the core mechanics of the build to maximize its effectiveness.

Sandevistan + Kerenzikov

AS the build uses two time slowing cyberware they can interrupt and break each other's functionality. Generally, I follow these steps or rules to make the best use of them:

  1. Avoid activating Sandevistan while Kerenzikov is active, this breaks Sandevistan functionality or slows time too much.
  2. You can initiate Kerenzikov while in Dash, so if you are Dashing and start aiming this will activate the Cyberware.
  3. By activating Sandevistan, Kerenzikov is disabled, so you can freely Dash and aim during its effect.

By following these steps, and with a little bit of practice you should have no issues maximizing the combat effectiveness of both cyberware.

Early Game Combat

Okay, let's go through some early-game combat approaches. Overall, the build is pretty straight-forward and you play as a normal shooter:

  • Use grenades to undermine enemies by staggering or knocking them back
  • Use covers early on, as this ensures you can regenerate HP and not die fast if playing on harder difficulties
  • Use Sandevistan sparingly. I would personally use this for the initial combat where you can get the most out of stacked enemy units while they have not started shooting yet.
  • Have one weapon with silencer to utilize Killer Instinct perk icon cyberpunk 2077Killer Instinct​, once you engage in combat switch it with other one without silencer.

Late Game Combat

With late-game cyberware and equipment, you can start engaging in more direct combat without covers.

  • Covers should mostly be used when you are under heavy fire or waiting to restore your HP.
  • The main cover is your time slowing - Sandevistan and Kerenzikov. Optimally use them and you can avoid most of the enemy's bullets and have very high survivability.
  • Headshots, Headshots, and Headshots. This is the bulk of your damage and you want to aim as precisely as you can.
  • Otherwise, nothing special in terms of playstyle as you can utilize your accuracy to destroy foes.


Thank you for reading this post on the Best Assault Rifle build in Cyberpunk 2077. The build can offer a Commando playstyle or over-the-top jumping with time slowing in the air shoot-outs. This all depends on your preferred cyberware and weapon picks.

Feel free to leave a comment below!



Could you please re upload this guide for version 1.6 somewhere, if possible?

Check the top navbar section, I included a link to 1.6 Builds

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