Best Blades Build - Cyberpunk 2077

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Best Blades Build

This post will cover The Best Blade build in Cyberpunk 2077. With this build, I wanted to achieve a character that would be extremely proficient in everything that is related to Blades.

And how did it go? Let's see below

Best Blades Build - Blademaster

Even though the name is a bit cringy the build does what its name suggests. Being the best at using blades no matter the situation. This includes:

  • Knives
  • Katanas
  • Long Blades
  • Throwing blades

So as you can see, you will be ready for any situation. Also, you will have some mid-range capabilities thanks to the throwing blades

Attributes

This section will cover recommended attribute progression for Blade Build.

Starting the game

  • Reflexes +3. This will ensure the maximum damage with blade weapons early in the game
  • Body +3. Body attribute provides additional health, stamina and increases melee damage with weapons.
  • Cool +1. Cool gives some critical damage boost and stealth bonuses.

Progression

Here is how I recommend progressing with attributes during the playthrough with Blades build

Level Reflex Body Tech Cool Int
10 11 8 3 6 3
30 18 13 3 14 3
50 20 20 8 20 3

blades build attributes Cyberpunk 2077

  • Reflexes 20. Ensures that we have the best perks available to be used with Blades. Moreover, it provides bonus Crit Chance and Mitigation Chance.
  • Body 20. This attribute serves two purposes: increase survivability and increase melee damage.
  • Technical Ability 8. We mainly take it to get bonus armor.
  • Cool 20. This perk will provide Cold Blood upgrades and allow to effectively utilize stealth mechanics. Moreover, we will be using Throwing Blades so this perk comes in handy.

Note: you can also get 8 Intelligence instead of Technical Ability. Why does that help? It allows you to wear Visual Cortex Support or Limbic System Enhancement cyberware to increase Crit Chance or Crit Damage. Choose this option if you wish to maximize your damage.

Perks

This section will cover recommended perks that you should pick for Blades build in Cyberpunk 2077

Blades

The main tree that boosts the effectiveness of Blade weapons. I suggest not putting much points into defensive perks as you cannot really defend from bullets.

blades build blades Cyberpunk 2077

Reflexes Level Skill Description
1 Sting Like a Bee x3 Increases attack speed with Blades by 30%. 
1 Roaring Waters x3 Strong Attacks with Blades by 30% more damage. 
4 Crimson Dance x2 Combos with Blades have a 30% chance to apply Bleeding. 
4 Slow and Steady x2 Moving while wielding a Blade increases Armor by 30%. 
6 Flight of the Sparrow x2 Reduces the Stamina cost of all attacks with Blades by 50%. 
8 Stuck Pig  Increases Bleeding duration by 3 sec. 
10 Blessed Blade  Increases Crit Chance with Blades by 10%. 
12 Bloodlust x2 While wielding a Blade, recovers 4% Health when hitting an enemy affected by Bleeding. 
12 Float like a Butterfly x2 Dodging increases damage with Blades by 50% for 5 sec. 
15 Fiery Blast x3 Increases damage with Blades by 3% for every 1% of Health the enemy is missing. 
15 Judge, Jury, and Executioner x3 Increases damage with Blades by 100% against enemies with max Health. 
18 Crimson Tide  Bleeding applied with Blades can stack 3 times. 
18 Deathbolt  While wielding a Blade, defeating an enemy restores 20% Health and Stamina and increases movement speed by 30% for 5 seconds. 
20 Dragon Strike  Increases Crit Damage with Blades by 40%. +1% per Perk level. 

Athletics

This is a very important tree for Blades build. it provides bonus armor, reduces damage, and gives health. If you have perk points left definitely get some health regeneration perks.

blades build athletics Cyberpunk 2077

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. 
9 Steel and Chrome x2 Increases melee damage by 20%. 
12 Invincible Increases max health by 15%. 
12 Tenacious V  Getting hit does not interrupt Health regeneration. 
14 Marathoner Sprinting does not drain Stamina. 
18 Steel Shell  Increases Armor by 10%. 
20 The Rock  Enemies cannot knock you down. 
20 Indestructible  Reduces all incoming damage by 10%. 
20 Hard Motherfucker  When entering combat, Armor and Resistances increase by 10% for 10 sec. +1% per Perk level. 

Ninjutsu

This perk tree is very important for Blades build. It allows throw knives, boosts stats, and increases the stealth abilities of the character.

blades build ninjutsu Cyberpunk 2077

Cool Level Skill Description
5 Dagger Dealer  Enables knife throwing. A thrown knife returns to the hand after 6 sec. or immediately after pickup. Each increase in knife rarity decreases return time by 0.5 sec. Hold the aim button to aim and press the fire button to throw it. 
7 Strike from the Shadows  Increases your Crit Chance by 7% while sneaking. 
7 Assassin  Deal 15% more damage to human enemies. 
9 Cutthroat x2 Increase melee damage dealt to the target enemy by 80% for 6 sec. after hitting them with a thrown Knife. 
12 From The Shadows x2 Upon entering combat, Crit Chance increases by 20% for 7 sec. 
14 Looking Sharp  Headshots with thrown Knives apply Blinding to the target. 
14 Venomous Fangs  All knives apply Poison. 
16 Hasty Retreat  Temporarily boosts movement speed by 50% for 5 sec. when detected by an enemy. 
16 Juggler  When you defeat an enemy or land a Crit Hit with a thrown Knife, you will regain all Knives currently on cooldown. 
18 Neurotoxin Damage from Poison is doubled. 
18 Cheat Death  When your Health drops below 50%, reduce all incoming damage by 50% for 10 sec. Cannot occur more than once per minute. 
18 Hasten The Inevitable  Deal 20% more damage to enemies affected by Poison. 
20 Jeepers Creepers  Crouch Attacks from stealth with melee weapons deal 100% more damage and guarantee a Crit Hit. 
20 Toxicology  Increases the duration of Poison applied to enemies by 5 seconds. +0.2 sec. per Perk level. 

Cold Blood

blades build cold blood Cyberpunk 2077

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 3 times. The duration of each additional stack is 1 sec. shorter. 
5 Blood Brawl x2 While Cold Blood is active, increases damage with melee weapons by 10%. 
9 Rapid Bloodflow x2 Increases Health regen inside and outside combat by 10% per stack of Cold Blood. 
9 Defensive Clotting x2 Increases Armor by 8% per stack of Cold Blood. 
11 Coolagulant Stacks of Cold Blood are removed one by one, not all at once. 
12 Predator x1 (optional) Increase attack speed by 10% per stack of Cold Blood. Due to the game limitations, some weapons have their attack speed capped very early. Test the perk to see if you really get increased attack speed.
14 Pain Is an Illusion  While Cold Blood is active, reduces damage taken by 5%. 
14 Cold and Calculating  Landing a Crit Hit has a 50% chance of applying a stack of Cold Blood. 
16 Critical Condition x2 Increases duration of Cold Blood by 50%. 
16 Coldest Blood x2 Increases max stack amount for Cold Blood by 2. 
18 Immunity  Grants immunity to Bleeding, Poison, Burn, and Shock when at least 4 stacks of Cold Blood are active. 
20 Bloodswell  Upon receiving lethal damage while Cold Blood is active, prevents death, consumes all stacks of Cold Blood, restoring 10% Health per stack, and grants Damage Immunity for 5 sec. Playing cannot gain Cold Blood while the perk is active. Cooldown 15 sec. 
20 Merciless  While Cold Blood is active, increases Crit Chance by 5% and Crit Damage by 25%. +1% Crit Chance and +3% Crit Damage per Perk level. 

Build tactics

The blade build is pretty straightforward as it is a melee build. However, there are still  some tips that I would like to share:

  • Use Throwing Knives while in stealth (to get a boost to Crit Chance) and take out a few enemies before you are detected. Getting a headshot will deal large amounts of damage.
  • You can either go for Sandevistan or Berserker operating system. However, I prefer Sandevistan as it allows to control of time and some of the variations have very long durations.
  • Unfortunately, there are not many iconic Long Blades with unique effects. Due to this by default, it is very easy to just go with Katana. However, you can still deal and kill enemies with one hit if you get legendary long blades.

Equipment recommendations

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

Melee Blade Weapons

There are many great weapons that you can use for this build. There are multiple katanas with unique abilities.

Here I suggest a few of my favorites:

Item Description
stinger cyberpunk 2077Stinger This one should be used as a throwing blade. Of course, you can use it as the main weapon. It deals additional Chemical damage and can apply poison.
byakko cyberpunk 2077Byakko I like this katana which was introduced in the 1.5 patch. It allows jumping onto the enemy from medium distances
kukri cyberpunk 2077Kukri A long blade that has fairly high damage
knife cyberpunk 2077Knife Alternative as a throwing blade until you get the Stinger

Weapon mods

Mod name Description
cold shoulder cyberpunk 2077Cold Shoulder Increases damage by 5%.
scourge cyberpunk 2077Scourge Increases Crit Damage by 10%.
white-knuckled cyberpunk 2077White-Knuckled Increases Crit Chance by 2.5%.

Armor mods

Mod name Description
bully cyberpunk 2077Bully Gives +8% Crit Damage. Great for maximizing damage late in the game
armadillo cyberpunk 2077Armadillo I recommend this mod for maximum survivability It gives bonus armor. Try to get the Legendary or Epic variant
Fortuna cyberpunk 2077Fortuna Gives a +4% Crit Chance.
zero drag cyberpunk 2077Zero Drag Increases movement speed. It can make the gameplay a bit more difficult as you may run through the enemies. But overall makes the experience even more enjoyable and the enemy kills much faster

Cyberware - Frontal Cortex

Slot Item Description
1 Heal-on-kill cyberpunk 2077Heal-On-Kill The only decent Cyberware in Frontal Cortex for Blades build. However, it should greatly improve your combat capacity as you restore health after each enemy you kill.

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%. use this mod to increase damage with Throwing Knives
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 bioconductor image cyberpunk 2077Bioconductor Reduces all cyberware cooldowns
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 pain editor image cyberpunk 2077Pain Editor Reduces all the damage that you receive by 10%.

Cyberware - Nervous System

Slot Item Description
1 kerenzikov image cyberpunk 2077Kerenzikov You can now slow time when dodging or sliding.
2 synaptic accelerator image cyberpunk 2077Synaptic Accelerator Slows time when you are detected by enemies

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

Priority Item Description
1 Militech Falcon Sandevistan Mk.5 cyberpunk 2077Militech "Falcon" Sandevistan Mk.5 Has 60 seconds cooldown, but provides 20% Crit Damage and Crit Chance. Moreover, increases overall damage dealt by 15%.
2 QianT Sandevistan Mk.4 cyberpunk 2077QianT Sandevistan Mk.4  Has a very short cooldown of 15 seconds. However, provides a shorter time slow.
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  Epic Rarity Sandevistan which has 16 seconds duration. Also increases damage by 15%

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 dense marrow image cyberpunk 2077Dense Marrow Increases stamina cost of melee attack and greatly improves base damage.
2 Synaptic signal optimizer imageSynaptic Signal Optimizer This cyberware greatly boosts overall health. This will be very useful to provide some bonus survivability.

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 Blades build in Cyberpunk 2077. It is a very exciting build that concentrates on melee combat. However, thanks to Throwing Blades ability it can engage in medium-range combat.

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