Netrunner Build - Ultimate Cyber Warrior - Cyberpunk 2077

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Netrunner Build - Ultimate Cyber Warrior

This post will cover the best Netrunner Build in Cyberpunk 2077. I have put some thought into what I imagine a netrunner and how to make it interesting. Most of the builds go 100% on quickhacks and Daemons.

However, I think this approach makes the game boring in a few hours if not minutes. However, with this build it will be much more interesting.

So let's get into it

The build is Work In Progress

Netrunner Build - Ultimate Cyber Warrior

Even though the name is a bit silly, I had a lot of fun trying out this Netrunner build. Why is that?

The build spreads into a few main categories:

  • Quickhacks
  • Daemons
  • Shotguns (strange right? but bear with me)
  • Crafting
  • Cold Blood (a little)

This will make you less effective with quickhacks. However, this netrunner build will still be able to clean a building of enemies without entering if needed.

However, I want to suggest going with a shotgun and specifically DB-2 Satara. It is a tech shotgun that can shoot through walls. With this in mind, you can either shoot down enemies, engage them directly, use quickhacks, etc.

There are numerous possibilities with this netrunner build to make the game very exciting.

Attributes

This section will cover what attributes you should get and progress through the game with Netrunner build.

Starting the game

At the beginning of the game, your main priority will be to become effective with quickhacks. Also, you can go for any weapon as long as it provides adequate damage.

  • Intelligence +3
  • Body +2
  • Technical ability +2

Progression

As you progress through the game try to prioritize intelligence. Quickhacks will make you very effective

Level Reflex Body Tech Cool Int
10 3 8 6 5 9
30 3 12 12 8 16
50 3 16 20 12 20

Perks

The build is quite demanding on perks. I would suggest prioritizing Quickhacking and Breach Protocol. Then you can put points into shotgun or crafting-related perks.

Quickhacking

Intelligence Level Skill Description
1 Biosynergy x3 Allows RAM to recover during combat. Recover 12 RAM units 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 units. 
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 deals 100% more damage to unaware targets. A very powerful perk that allows to instantly take out most of the enemies with Netrunner build.
12 Mnemonic Quickhack spread distance is increased by 2 times. 
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 Quickhacks that spread can jump to 3 additional targets. 
16 Critical Error  Quickhacks can now deal Crit Hits based on your Crit Chance and Crit Damage stats. By getting this perk you will greatly increase overall netrunner build damage.
16 Hacker Overlord  Unlocks Crafting Specs for Epic quickhacks. 
18 Anamnesis x3 Available cyberdeck RAM cannot drop below 4 units. 
20 Bartmoss' Legacy  Unlocks Crafting Specs for Legendary quickhacks. You will have to put some effort to craft these. But this will make the netrunner build unstoppable.
20 Optimization Reduces the cost of quickhacks by 1 RAM unit. 
20 Master RAM Liberator  Increases RAM recovery rate by 50%. +1% per Perk level. 

Breach Protocol

We do not pick the second level of many perks. At level 20 you unlock the Buffer Optimization perk that doubles the duration of daemon effects.

Also, we want to have as many daemons as possible. Some abilities like Hackathon provide their buffs if 3 daemons are uploaded.

Intelligence Level Skill Description
1 Big Sleep (optional) Unlocks the Big Sleep daemon, which disables all cameras in the network for 3 min. 
1 Mass Vulnerability Unlocks the Mass Vulnerability daemon, which reduces the Physical Resistance for all enemies in the network by 30% for 3min. 
5 Almost In!  Increases the breach time for Breach Protocol by 20%. 
7 Mass Vulnerability: Resistances  Upgrades the Mass Vulnerability daemon, reducing all Resistances for enemies in the network by 30%. 
11 Total Recall  The ICEpick daemon reduces all quickhack costs by an additional 1 RAM unit. 
12 Turret Tamer  Unlocks the Turret Tamer daemon, which sets the status of every turret in the network to friendly for 3/6 min. 
14 Efficiency x2 Uploading 3 or more daemons in the same Breach Protocol increases the cyberdeck RAM recovery rate by 6 units per 60 sec. Lasts 5 min. 
14 Cloud Cache x2 Completing a Breach Protocol reduces the RAM cost of your next quickhack by 2 times the number of daemons uploaded. 
16 Mass Vulnerability: Quickhacks  Upgrades the Mass Vulnerability daemon, causing enemies in the network to also take 30% more damage from quickhacks. 
16 Total Recall  The ICEpick daemon reduces all quickhack costs by an additional 1 RAM unit. 
18 Hackathon  Uploading 3 or more daemons in the same Breach Protocol shortens quickhack cooldowns by 33% for 5 min. 
18 Head Start  Automatically uploads the first daemon in the list at the start of Breach Protocol. 
20 Compression  Reduces the lengths of the sequences required to upload daemons by 1. Cannot be reduced below 2. 
20 Buffer Optimization  Increases the duration of daemon effects by 100%. 

Annihilation

Body Level Skill Description
1 Hail of Bullets x3 Shotguns deal 10% more damage. Mandatory perk for Shotgun build
5 Pump It, Louder! Reduces recoil of Shotguns by 20%. 
5 In Your Face Reduces the reload time of Shotguns by 30%. 
7 Dead Center x2 Increases damage to torsos from Shotguns by 20% 
7 Bloodrush Increases movement speed in combat by 10% while carrying a Shotgun
9 Bulldozer Increases Crit Chance with Shotguns by 5%. 
9 Mongoose Increases Mitigation Chance by 25% while reloading Shotguns
11 Momentum Shift x3 Defeating an enemy using a Shotgun or Light Machine Gun increases movement speed by 20% for 10 sec. 
11 Massacre x3 Increases Crit Damage with Shotguns or by 30%. 
12 Heavy Lead Shotguns and knockback enemies with more force. 
12 Skeet Shooter Deal 15% more damage to moving targets using Shotguns
14 Manic When entering combat using a Shotgun or Light Machine Gun, your movement speed increases by 20% for 10 sec. 
14 Unstoppable Dismembering an enemy using a Shotgun or Light Machine Gun increases the fire rate by 10% for 8 sec. Stacks up to 3 times

Engineering - Tech Shotgun

Take these abilities if you will use Tech Shotgun. I personally recommend this one as it will make the build very powerful and exciting.

Pistol build tech pistol Engineering cyberpunk 2077

Technical Ability Level Skill Description
9 Up to 11 Allows you to charge Tech weapons up to 100% capacity. 
12 Tesla x3 Increases the charge multiplier for Tech weapons by 55%. 
14 Ubercharge Fully charged Tech weapons deal 30% more damage. 
14 Gun Whisperer Fully charged Tech weapons do not shoot automatically. Does not apply to revolvers. 
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. 

Engineering - Smart Shotgun

This is another alternative for Netrunner build that can be quite exciting. However, this is a riskier approach where you will be more exposed to the enemies.

Pistol build smart pistol Engineering cyberpunk 2077

Technical Ability Level Skill Description
9 Lock and Load x2 Increases Smart weapon reload speed by 10%. 

Athletics

Body Level Skill Description
1 Regeneration Health slowly regenerates during combat. 
7 Epimorphosis Increases Health regen threshold from 60% to 65% in combat and to 100% out of combat. 
11 Divided Attention Allows you to reload weapons while sprinting, sliding, and vaulting. 
11 Multitasker Allows you to shoot while sprinting, sliding, and vaulting. 

Ninjutsu

Take a few perks from this tree to maximize the effectiveness of the Netrunner build.

Cool Level Skill Description
7 Strike From the Shadows Increases your Crit Chance by 7% while sneaking.
7 Assassin Deal 15% more damage to human enemies. 
12 From the Shadows x2 Upon entering combat, Crit Chance increases by 20% for 7 sec. 

Cold Blood

We prioritize quickhack-related perks. However, I definitely recommend taking more of the abilities in this tree if you will have free perks.

Cool Level Skill Description
1 Cold Blood x3 After defeating an enemy, gain Cold Blood for 7 sec. and increase movement speed by 2%. Stacks up to 1/2/3 time(s). The duration of each additional stack is 1 sec. shorter. 
7 Frosty Synapses x2 Reduces quickhack cooldowns by 6% per stack of Cold Blood. 
12 Quick Transfer x2 Reduces quickhack upload time by 3% per stack of Cold Blood. 

Crafting

I have always loved having high crafting. Making the best weapons in the game will make your gameplay much easier, especially on high difficulties.

Shotgun 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%. 

Build tactics

Well, I think this build has multiple approaches to how to play it well. However, I would like to share my preferred one.

Start the fight with Breach Protocol

I think this is very important especially, from the mid-game. Your aim is to upload as many of the daemons as you can (at least 3). This will activate some of the perks that buff your quickhacking capabilities

Netrunner build breach protocol daemons cyberpunk 2077

Not only that but the daemons by themselves will be helpful in any encounter. For example:

  • The enemy gets reduced defenses
  • Their optics jam making the miss most of their shots
  • Turrets become friendly
  • etc.

Use Ping before engaging in combat

This quickhack plays a very important role. It reveals enemy locations in the network. Because you will probably use Tech Shotgun, thanks to this you can kill enemies through the walls.

Moreover, you can always know their location which allows you to plan an escape route if you are surrounded.

Sow confusion among the enemies

I think it is very important that enemies have their attention away from you. unfortunately, this build is not capable of taking much damage.

I recommend having Suicide or Cyberphycosis quickhacks in your Cyberdeck at all times. The good thing about Cyberphycosis is that the enemy commits suicide if they are the only ones left

Equipment recommendations

This section will cover recommended gear for Netrunner build.

Shotguns

As mentioned my take on Netrunner build revolves around using quickhacks and Shotguns.

Item Description
DB-2 Satara This is the shotgun that I recommend using with this build. It is a tech shotgun that can shoot through walls and charge up for increased damage.
Ba Xing Chong Great smart shotgun, however, available only late in the game.
L-69 Zhuo A smart shotgun that comes with different elemental damage.

Cyberware - Frontal Cortex

Besides the ones mentioned below, I would also take a look at Camillo RAM Manager, RAM Upgrade, and Limbic System Enhancement.

Slot Item Description
1 Memory Boost Defeating an enemy instantly restores RAMs
2 Ex-Disk Increases the maximum size of Cyberdeck RAM units.
3 Limbic 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.

Mods

Mod name Description
Trajectory Analysis Increases headshot bonus damage by 25%
Threat Analysis Increases Mitigation Chance by 2%.
Weakspot Detection Increases Crit Chance by 2%.

Cyberware - Circulatory System

I also suggest taking Tyrosine Injector if you have a hard time with the Breach Protocol time limit

Slot Item Description
1 biomonitor image cyberpunk 2077Biomonitor Instantly restores a large portion of health when it drops below a certain threshold.
2 Microgenerator Releases Electroshock when health drops below 15%.
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 Cataresist  

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 Reflex Tuner I like this Cyberware as it gives you some time when you are in a critical situation and slows down time.

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 Fireproof Coating Grants immunity to burning effect.

Cyberware - Operating System

Here are recommended Cyberdeck options for the Netrunner build.

Priority Item Description
1 Tetratronic Rippler Mk.4 This is my preferred Cyberdeck. Because I like using Cyberphycosis and Suicide, I get a bonus spread from Tetratronic Rippler.
2 NetWatch Netdriver Mk.5 I love this cyberdeck, take it if you heavily rely on combat quickhacks like Shot Circuit or Overheat.
3 Stephenson Tech Mk.4 Reduces quickhack cooldowns by 45% and provides some other bonuses.
4 Biotech Σ Mk.3 Increases damage health with quickhacks.
5 Stephenson Tech Mk.3 Reduces quickhacks cooldown times.

Cyberware - Skeleton

Slot Item Description
1 Bionic Joints Reduces recoil of Ranged Weapons.
2 Synaptic Signal Optimizer This cyberware greatly boosts overall health. This will be very useful to provide some bonus survivability.

Cyberware - Hands

Slot Item Description
1 Smart Link/Ballistic Coprocessor
Pick one based on the weapons you use. Legendary Smart Link also gives bonus Crit Damage to all weapons.

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 netrunner build in Cyberpunk 2077 post. I hope you enjoyed it. It should cover all the information you need on perks, attributes, and gear to use.

Feel free to leave any comments below!

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Discussion

Anonymous

This build doesn't work with a few of the cyberware mods you've mentioned: Heal-on-Kill, Pain Editor, and Heat Converter, as they require minimum 8 Reflexes, 16 Cool, and 14 Cool respectively. I'd recommend legendary Limbic System Enhancement, legendary Visual Cortex Support, and legendary Mechatronic Core for Frontal Cortex mods; the Inductor and either Metabolic Editor or epic Cataresist for Immune System mods; and Fireproof Coating instead of Heat Converter for Integumentary System mods (along with legendary Subdermal Armor and epic Optical Camo).

Hey! Thanks for the comment. Working on updating the builds as I copy pasted the templates.

I removed Heal on Kill, Pain Editor and Heat Converter. I have added Ex-Disk, Memory Boost and Limbic System Enhancement to Frontal Cortex.

I also updated the other Cyberware

Anonymous

Preem! And that's fair, I can understand when you have multiple builds to work on and update, as well as having potential deadlines to get work submitted. All good choom! 👍