Assault Rifle build - Cyberpunk 2077

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Assault Rifle build

This post will cover the Best Assault Rifle build for Cyberpunk 2077. It is an easily accessible weapon that is the most effective when used from aim-down sights.

Assault Rifle Build

The build relies on maximizing the damage wherever possible. Unfortunately, it does not concentrate on constant moving. Why is that?

Assault rifle build stats cyberpunk 2077

The Assault Rifle build is the most effective when standing still and shooting from behind the cover. This happens because of the Assault perks. These perks reward increased damage under those conditions.

Attributes

This section will cover the main attributes of the Assault Rifle Build

Starting the game

At the start of the game, you should definitely go for these attributes:

  • Reflexes +3. This will maximize early effectiveness with Assault Rifles
  • Cool + 3. Cool attribute increases the critical chance and also unlocks Cold Blood perks that the build relies on.
  • Technical Ability +1. Early in the game this only provides increased armor benefit.

Progression

Level Reflex Body Tech Cool Int
10 11 4 6 8 3
30 18 8 10 12 3
50 20 8 20 20 3
  • Reflex 20. ensures that you are the most effective with Assault rifles.
  • Tech 20. Allows crafting the best assault rifles in the game. Moreover, you can upgrade the Power, Smart and Tech weapon abilities
  • Cool 20. Maximum effectiveness when killing enemies. Moreover, gives some offensive bonuses when sneaking
  • Body 8. We only need a little bit of it for some health-related perks. Because the build does not need to move much, there is no point in investing a few more points into it.

Perks

This section covers what perks you should pick for Assault Rifle build. This will ensure the maximum effectiveness of the build

Assault

Assault rifle build assault cyberpunk 2077

Reflexes Level Skill Description
1 Bulletjock x3 Increases damage with Assault Rifles by 10%. 
1 Eagle Eye x3 Reduces time to aim down sight with Assault Rifles by 50%. 
5 Covering Killshot x2 Increases Crit Chance with Rifles and Submachine Guns by 8% when firing from behind cover. 
7 Bullseye Increases Assault Rifle damage while aiming by 10%. 
7 Executioner Deal 25% more damage with Rifles and Submachine Guns to enemies whose Health is above 50%. 
9 Duck Hunter x2 Increases Rifle and Submachine Gun damage to moving enemies by 10/20%. 
9 Shoot, Reload, Repeat x2 Defeating an enemy with a Rifle or Submachine Gun reduces reload time by 20/40% for 5 sec. 
11 Feel the Flow x2 Defeating an enemy with a Rifle or Submachine Gun reduces reload time by 20/40% for 5 sec. 
11 Nerves of Steel x2 Increases headshot damage with Sniper Rifles and Precision Rifles by 10/15%. The Assault rifle build can still use precision rifles.
12 Hunter's Hands x2 Reduces recoil with Rifles and Submachine Guns by 5/10% when firing from behind cover. 
12 Trench Warfare x2 Increases Rifle and Submachine Gun damage by 5/10% when firing from behind cover. 
14 Named Bullets Increases Crit Damage with Rifles and Submachine Guns by 20%. 
14 Skull Skipper Each headshot reduces recoil with Rifles and Submachine Guns by 4% for 10 sec. Stacks up to 5 time(s). 
16 Bunker Increases Armor and Resistances by 15% while aiming with Rifles and Submachine Guns from behind cover. 
16 Recoil Wrangler Reduces recoil with Rifles and Submachine Guns by 5%. 
18 In Perspective Bullets fired from Power Rifles and Power Submachine Guns ricochet an additional 1 time(s). 
18 Long Shot Rifle and Submachine Gun damage increase the farther you are located from enemies. 
20 Savage Stoic Increases damage with Rifles and Submachine Guns by 35% when standing still. 
20+ Punisher After defeating an enemy with a Rifle or Submachine Gun, weapon sway is nullified and weapon spread does not increase for 10 sec. +0.2 sec. per Perk level. 

Crafting

assault rifle build crafting perks cyberpunk 2077

Technical Ability Level Skill Description
1 Mechanic Gain more components when disassembling. 
5 True Craftsman Junk items are automatically disassembled. 
5 Scrapper Allows you to craft Rare items. 
11 Field Technician x2 Crafted weapons deal 5/10% more damage. 
12 Grease Monkey Allows you to craft Epic items. 
16 Tune-Up Allows you to upgrade lower-quality components into higher-quality ones. 
18 Edgerunner Artisan Allows you to craft Legendary items. 
20 Cutting Edge Improves damage and all damage-related stats of crafted weapons by 5%. 

Ninjutsu

Assault rifle build ninjutsu cyberpunk 2077

Cool Level Skill Description
1 Silent and Deadly Increases damage dealt by silenced weapons by 25% while sneaking. This is very useful as Assault Rifles can have a silencer on.
7 Assassin Deal 15% more damage to human enemies. 
7 Strike From the Shadows Increases your Crit Chance by 7% while sneaking. 
9 Sniper x2 Increases headshot damage outside combat by 10/20%. 
12 From the Shadows x2 Upon entering combat, Crit Chance increases by 10/20% for 7 sec. 

Cold Blood

Assault rifle build cold blood cyberpunk 2077

Cool Level Skill Description
1 Cold Blood x3 This perk allows gaining a stack of Cold Blood for each enemy killed.
7 Easy Out x2 Ranged weapon damage is increased by 20% if hitting enemies within a 5-meter radius.
9 Rapid Bloodflow x2 Health regeneration is increased by 10% for each stack of Cold Blood
9 Defensive Clotting x2 Armor is increased by 10% for each stack of Cold Blood
11 Frozen Precision Headshot damage is increased by 5% per stack of Cold Blood
11 Collagulant Cold Blood stacks are removed one by one.
12 Icy Veins x2 Weapon recoil is reduced by 6% for each stack of Cold Blood you have active.
14 Cold and Calculating Crit Hits now provide a chance to gain Cold Blood. Due to many bullets with Shotgun, you will be able to generate the stacks very fast
14 Pain is an Illusion Reduces damage taken by 5% when Cold Blood is active
16 Critical Condition x2 Cold Blood duration is increased by 50%. The bonuses will now stay longer.
16 Coldest Blood x2 Increases maximum number of Cold Blood stacks by 2. Very valuable perk for Shotgun builds to maximize Cold Blood bonuses when fighting many enemies.
18 Immunity Negates negative effects of Bleeding, Poison, Burn, and Shock. For this to activate you need 4 stacks of Cold Blood.
20 Bloodswell A great ability that provides additional survival chance. If you take lethal damage, Cold Blood stacks are drained and they restore HP.
20 Merciless This is a very powerful ability for Shotgun build. It increases Crit Chance by 5% and Crit Damage by 25% while Cold Blood is active

Athletics

Assault rifle build athletics cyberpunk 2077

Body Level Skill Description
1 Regeneration Health slowly regenerates during combat. 
1 Pack Mule Increases carrying capacity by 60. 
7 Epimorphosis Increases Health regen threshold from 60/65/70% to 65/70/75% in combat and to 100% out of combat. 
7 Wolverine Health regen activates 20/40/60% faster during combat. 

Engineering (optional)

All of the perks in this tree are optional. They are more related to the Assault Rifle that you will pick. For example, if using a Power weapon you will definitely want to get Play the Angles and Draw the Line perks.

Assault rifle build engineering cyberpunk 2077

Technical Ability Level Skill Description
5 Draw the Line Preview bullets' ricochet trajectory when aiming with Power Weapons if Ballistic Coprocessor cyberware is installed.
9 Up to 11 x2 Allows you to charge Tech weapons up to 100% capacity.
9 Lock and Load x2 Take this if you will use Smart Weapons. Increases Smart weapon reload speed by 10%. 
12 Play the Angles x3 Ricochets deal an additional 50% damage. 
12 Tesla x3 Increases the charge multiplier for Tech weapons by 55%.
16 F*** All Walls Reduces the charge amount needed for Tech weapons to penetrate walls by 30%.
18 Lickety Split x2 Tech weapon charge time is reduced by 20%.
20 Superconductor Tech weapons ignore Armor.
20+ Revamp Increases damage from Tech weapons by 25%. Increases charge damage from Tech weapons by 10%. +1% charge damage per Perk level. 

Build tactics

Here are my tips for the Assault Rifle build:

  • You can put on a silencer. Although you lose some damage, you can precisely target enemies and kill them instantly with headshots.
  • You should avoid shooting while moving with the build. Of course, if you are under heavy fire then that's normal. However, many of your perks that increase damage only activate while standing still or shooting behind from cover.
  • Grenades are an amazing item that can be used to knock out enemies in case there is a large group. They are effective even without any related perks.
  • Although the build relies on Assault Rifles, you can still use Sniper or Precision rifles as they use the same perks. I would always carry with me Widow Maker.

Equipment recommendations

In this section, I will cover recommended gear for Assault rifles build in Cyberpunk 2077

Assault Rifles

Item Description
moron labe cyberpunk 2077Moron Labe Great Assault Rifle that can be received fairly early in the game. It has a fast rate of fire and can dismember enemies
widow maker cyberpunk 2077Widow Maker Although not Assault Rifle it can come in very handy in many fights as this precision rifle can shoot through walls.
psalm 116 cyberpunk 2077Psalm 11:6 Deals additional thermal damage and can burn enemies. I think it is very effective against most human enemies throughout the game
cyberpunk 2077 divided we standDivided We Stand This is an amazing Smart Assault Rifle. It can target multiple enemies, and with some practice, you can get guaranteed headshots.

Mods

Item Description
xc 10 alecto cyberpunk 2077XC-10 Alecto The best Muzzle allows for silent weapon shooting. Unfortunately, when using silencer ricochet bullets are disabled and damage is decreased.
countermass cyberpunk 2077Countermass
Eliminates horizontal recoil while aiming. This will make shooting with Assault Rifle a breeze
crunch cyberpunk 2077Crunch Increases damage. This is a base mod that I recommend for Assault Rifle build.
neon arrow cyberpunk 2077Neon Arrow Reduces weapon reload time by 5%.
vendetta cyberpunk 2077Vendetta Increases headshot damage by 10%.
penetrator cyberpunk 2077Penetrator Increases Crit Chance
pacifier cyberpunk 2077Pacifier Increases Crit Damage

Armor Mods

Mod name Description
dead eye cyberpunk 2077Deadeye +6% Crit Damage
+15% Headshot Damage Multiplier
Fortuna cyberpunk 2077Fortuna Increases Crit Chance by 4%
bully cyberpunk 2077Bully It gives an 8% Crit Damage bonus
armadillo cyberpunk 2077Armadillo Provides bonus armor. Good for increased survival

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 I recommend this one because it will greatly boost damage against mechs. On higher difficulties, this helps a lot in certain encounters.

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%.
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.
2 microgenerator icon cyberpunk 2077Microgenerator When your Health drops to 15%, release electroshock that deals damage
3 cyberpunk 2077 feedback circuitFeedback Circuit Instantly restores health if shooting a fully charged tech weapon

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

I definitely prefer Sandevistan for this Assault Rifle build.

Priority Item Description
1 Militech Falcon Sandevistan Mk.5 cyberpunk 2077Militech "Falcon" Sandevistan Mk.5 Provides 20 Crit Chance and 35% Crit Damage while Sandevistan is active. The effect lasts 18 seconds. Enough for most of the encounters.
2 QianT Sandevistan Mk.4 cyberpunk 2077QianT Sandevistan Mk.4  Gives a 15% critical chance and a 15% damage dealt increase while Sandevistan is active.
3 dynalar sandevistan mk 4 cyberpunk 2077Dynalar Sandevistan Mk.4  Increases damage and Crit Chance by 15%. Has a 30-second cooldown.
4 dynalar sandevistan mk 3 cyberpunk 2077Dynalar Sandevistan Mk.3  I recommend getting the Epic version early as possible as it will greatly improve your gameplay.

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 bionic joints cyberpunk 2077Bionic Joints Reduces recoil of Ranged weapons
2 Synaptic signal optimizer imageSynaptic Signal Optimizer Increases Health. Greatly improves the survivability of Assault Rifle Build in the late game.

Cyberware - Hands

Slot Item Description
1 cyberpunk 2077 smart linkSmart Link
Take this one if you will use Smart Assault Rifles
1 ballistic coprocessor cyberpunk 2077Ballistic Coprocessor Use this cyberware if you plan to take Power shotguns. The legendary version gives +50% ricochet damage.

Cyberware - Legs

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

Conclusion

Thank you for reading this post on the best Assault Rifle build in Cyberpunk 2077. I covered the best gear, recommended attribute progression, and needed perks.

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