Best Throwing Knife Build - Cyberpunk 2077

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This post covers the best Throwing Knife Build for Cyberpunk 2077. Approaching the combat in stealth? Throwing your blades like a psycho? All of this is possible with the Throwing Knife build. The aim is to headshot the enemy and leave them poisoned, stunned, or just taken out before they can do anything.

Throwing Knife Build

This is one of the most stylish playstyles in Cyberpunk 2077. The main idea is to engage in close to medium-range combat using Throwing Knives. Of course, this is not as safe as a true ranged weapon, however, it's not a major problem.

The playstyle relies on your landing critical hits and headshots. With these and the Juggler perk icon cyberpunk 2077Juggler​ perk, you can instantly return the throwable to hand and use it again. This is what creates the satisfying gameplay loop.

With all of this in mind, you get a very thrilling playstyle, that constantly keeps you on the edge. The good thing is that with correct cyberware the build will become stronger than one would expect.

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 Throwing Knife 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 +3 Unlocks Throwing Knives-related perks and boosts critical damage.
ico_refReflexes +2  Increases critical chance and unlocks the first tier of perks
ico_bodyBody +1 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:

I am leaving the build at level 52, as this is when it has all the necessary parts for maximum effectiveness.
Attribute Allocation Description
ico_refReflexes 15 Boosts critical chance and unlocks perks for better mobility - Dash perk icon cyberpunk 2077Dash​ and Air Dash perk icon cyberpunk 2077Air Dash.
ico_bodyBody 15 I think the build needs a bonus sure
ico_techTechnical Ability 20 The base value gives access to some good perks for cyberware capacity and item recharge time.
ico_coolCool 20 The main attribute of Throwing Knives. Unlocks higher tier perks and increases critical damage.
ico_intIntelligence 3 We skip this attribute as we do not use anything
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The big decision without Phantom Liberty Expansion is whether to go for Body 15 or 15 Reflexes. However, I recommend evaluating what you need for prioritization - higher survivability or more mobility. 15 Body gives Adrenaline RushAdrenaline Rush, which is useful for Hard and Very Hard difficulties.

However, if you feel comfortable and have mastered Sandevistan usage, Air Dash perk icon cyberpunk 2077Air Dash​ from level 15 Reflexes is hard to skip.


Let's go through the perks of the Throwing Knives 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.

Cool Perks

Let's start with the main perks of the Best Throwing Knife build. I do not recommend heavily investing in stealth perks until you try the blades. The game is very lenient on kills outside of combat.

At higher levels, Sandevistan is a perfect substitute for stealth, as enemies will not be able to take action before a knife neutralizes them.

throwing knife build cool perks cyberpunk 2077

Level 4 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 build. This will be a lifesaver if you accidentally miss your throw and the enemy will not die from a single hit.
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Level 9 Perks

Perk Description
Scorpion Sting perk icon cyberpunk 2077Scorpion Sting Additional Poison damage when you land a headshot or critical hit. We also need this to progress further in the tree.
Corrosion perk icon cyberpunk 2077Corrosion Just some bonus damage against mechs and robots
Accelerated Toxin Absorption perk icon cyberpunk 2077Accelerated Toxin Absorption Bonus damage when using a second thrown weapon against an already poisoned target.
Parasite perk icon cyberpunk 2077Parasite Amazing perk, that allows you to restore HP with thrown weapons. Gives some needed survivability.
Neurotoxin perk icon cyberpunk 2077Neurotoxin An additional blind effect is a good option to make combat easier against stronger enemies.

Level 15 Perks

Perk Description
Juggler perk icon cyberpunk 2077Juggler This perk is the goal of Throwing Knives. I think before it, it's not worth going only with throwing knives.
Finisher: Act of Mercy perk icon cyberpunk 2077Finisher: Act of Mercy Instantly finishes off an enemy. With Sandevistan it is the perfect option due to fast animation against normal foes.
Sleight of Hand perk icon cyberpunk 2077Sleight of Hand This encourages you to first take out weaker enemies. This way, you get more stacks of Critical Damage. Then, turn your attention to elites or bosses.
Pounce perk icon cyberpunk 2077Pounce Mandatory perk, that gives you a huge closing distance to finish an enemy off
Pay It Forward perk icon cyberpunk 2077Pay It Forward It is good to have options when you will fight a stronger enemy and just using Throwing knives will not be enough.
Ninjutsu perk icon cyberpunk 2077Ninjutsu I would say this is an optional perk. However, the last perk in the tree needs this for progression. I did not use much this one and mostly went with Sandevistan + DashDash
Creeping Death perk icon cyberpunk 2077Creeping Death Pick only if you are using Optical Camo cyberware
Vanishing Act perk icon cyberpunk 2077Vanishing Act Pick only if you are using Optical Camo cyberware

Level 20 Perks

Perk Description
Style Over Substance perk icon cyberpunk 2077Style Over Substance The perk encourages you to make cool moves and they are rewarded with guaranteed critical hits. However, I do not recommend sacrificing headshots for style. Still, with this perk, many Cyberware like Stabber, Kiroshi "Cockatrice" Optics, etc. become obsolete, if you can sustain it. So I will leave this for expert players to decide.

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

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?

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.

Technical Ability Perks

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

throwing knife build technical ability perks cyberpunk 2077

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.
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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 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 is necessary to activate the Cyborg perk icon cyberpunk 2077Cyborg​ perk, but most importantly, there is good cyberware specifically for throwing weapons.
Cyborg perk icon cyberpunk 2077Cyborg The reduced cooldown will work very well with Sandevistan and Kerenzikov effects.

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.

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

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 Optional perk. Because you will be under constant fire, the three seconds may never come. Pick this perk once you have everything else covered
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.

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 Best Throwing Knife build. Always try to obtain the highest tier equipment as it provides the best stats and most modification slots.

For weapons, I recommend having one weapon for stealth kills that use a suppressor. Then, a second one will be used in most of the encounters.

Best Throwing Knives

Here is what I recommend to use for maximum knife build effectiveness. The good thing is that you can melee attack with them. You can check my Throwing Knife tier list for all options.

Item Description
knife cyberpunk 2077Knife The simple knife is one of the best weapons due to its 200% Headshot damage multiplier. You just need to obtain high-tier ones.
headhunter cyberpunk 2077Headhunter I think this is the best option for Throwing Knives. In case the first headshot does not kill, the second gets a 200% damage bonus.
blue fang cyberpunk 2077Blue Fang This knife has the unique effect of stunning an enemy. However, there is a slight delay, so that could be problematic. Use this on Elite enemies, to better crowd control them.
stinger cyberpunk 2077Stinger Although not as strong as the others, it can apply bleeding which is additional damage over time effect.

Some weapons, especially not the iconic ones, can be modified. Try to get the highest-tier upgrades. Sadly, none of them are truly game-changing:

Modification Description
zero g throwable modification cyberpunk 2077Zero-G Throwing weapons flight straight, making it easier to hit.
slice em up modification cyberpunk 2077Slice 'Em Up Increases the chance of activating the finisher, but this requires you to neutralize an enemy first.
bleedout modification cyberpunk 2077Bleedout Bleeds have a 100% crit chance.

There are other modifications, but those only work when hitting with melee, not throwing:

Modification Description
silencio modification cyberpunk 2077Silencio This gives a huge boost to critical damage and guarantees a critical hit. However, this only works for melee attacks, not throwing.
severance modificaiton cyberpunk 2077Severance The unique modification gives a chance to dismember enemies when attacking with melee hits.

Throwing Axe

Although, technically it is not a throwing knife, it can be still thrown. One weapon that I urge you to get:

Item Description
agaou axe cyberpunk 2077Agaou Okay, this is an amazing weapon, although not stealthy. Critical hits release a shockwave and by itself, it has a 30% shock chance. So not only you will most likely kill the single target, but damage everyone around it.


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

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.

throwing knife build priority cyberware cyberpunk 2077

Slot Cyberware Description
Frontal Cortex 1 newton module cyberpunk 2077Axolotl This cyberware will take the build to the ultimate level. It has a very steep cyberware capacity cost. But it gives cooldown reductions for almost everything.
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 1 dense marrow cyberpunk 2077Dense Marrow The bonus damage also works with Throwing Weapons.
Nervous System 1 kerenzikov cyberpunk 2077Kerenzikov While aiming with Throwing Knife this allows stopping down time. With Defenzikov you will also gain a huge survivability, so benefits are two-fold.
Integumentary System 1 painducer cyberpunk 2077Painducer
This is recommended if you can afford the cyberware cost. This is a huge lifesaver that greatly reduces big damage and spreads it over a while.
carapace cyberpunk 2077Carapace Improves armor effectiveness while attacked from flanks. Generally more armor with higher cyberware cost.
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.
Face 1 kiroshi cockatrice optics cyberpunk 2077Kiroshi "Cockatrice" Optics The best eye cyberware for the throwing build. However, the cost is very steep, so I would leave this for the end game.
kiroshi clairyvoyant optics cyberpunk 2077Kiroshi "Clairvoyant" Optics Similar to the Basic version in terms of bonuses. However, the main aspect is that it highlights enemies when scanning, but comes with a steeper cyberware capacity.
basic kiroshi optics cyberpunk 2077Basic Kiroshi Optics Simple eye cyberware, that I think does the job for this build as you get bonus headshot damage.
Hands 1 handle wrap cyberpunk 2077Handle Wrap It's the only true hands cyberware that gives a direct boost for throwing axes and knives.
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.

cyberware throwing knife improved cyberpunk 2077

Slot Cyberware Description
Frontal Cortex 2 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, Countershell, and Neofiber.
Nervous System 2 neofiber cyberpunk 2077Neofiber Thanks to Defenzikov, the bonus mitigation strength will prove effective in ensuring you receive as little damage as possible.
Nervous System 3 stabber cyberpunk 2077Stabber Increases crit chance for throwing weapons.
Integumentary System 2 defenzikov cyberpunk 2077Defenzikov Enables a 90% mitigation chance after Kerenzikov ends. Greatly improving the survivability of the build.

Final Cyberware setup

The last tier of cyberware options. Here is how the build should look in the end. The goal is to fill all the slots to activate the Cyborg perk icon cyberpunk 2077Cyborg​ perk.

best cyberware setup throwing knife build cyberpunk 2077

One thing that I would like to point out is that Quantum Tuner and Kerenzikov might have some problems. The former is drained for any kind of cyberware, so if you constantly activate Kerenzikov, you will be left with no capacity for your Sandevistan.

It's not a major problem, but if you find that irritating remove Kerenzikov + Defenzikov. This will of course greatly reduce your survivability, so check the next section for some tips

Slot Cyberware Description
Frontal Cortex 3 quantum tuner cyberpunk 2077Quantum Tuner If you can obtain this one, it is one of the best cyberware to have for cooldown heavy build. Just remember that it will be used up fast due to Kerenzikov, Sandevistan, and other cyberware with cooldowns.
mechatronic core cyberpunk 2077Mechatronic Core Just an alternative cyberware to fill the slot. It is also okay, for some bonus damage against mechs.
Arms projectile launch system cyberpunk 2077Projectile Launch System To be honest, any cyberware works here, so pick the one that you prefer.
Skeleton 3 universal booster cyberpunk 2077Universal Booster Provides good bonuses for stamina costs and increases armor. However, the cyberware cost is steep.
kinetic frame cyberpunk 2077Kinetic Frame
Bonus mitigation chance while stamina is high
bionic joints cyberpunk 2077Bionic Joints Gives bonus armor for higher survivability. Overall, just filling this slot with something cheap
Integumentary System 3 rangeguard cyberpunk 2077Rangeguard This is another good cyberware that increases headshot damage and provides a little armor from enemies in longer ranges.
optical camo cyberpunk 2077Optical Camo For pure stealth players, I recommend the Optical Camo.
Hands 1 shock absorber cyberpunk 2077Shock Absorber Although this does not give a direct increase, it provides a 4% bonus headshot damage.
cyberpunk 2077 tattoo cyberwareAny Tatoo If you need low-cost alternatives just pick any tattoo.
Circulatory System 3 black mamba cyberware cyberpunk 2077Black Mamba Bonus damage against poisoned enemies.
heal on kill cyberpunk 2077Heal-On-Kill I would say this is the safest option, it gives an additional layer of HP restoration.
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.


In my opinion for this build, Sandevistan is the lifesaver. It allows you to concentrate and land the perfect shot, which is essential for a fast-moving build like this. Moreover, in the early game, you may need to wait for Sandevistan cooldowns a lot, but this becomes better once you reach level 30 and get access to Militech ones.

Sandevistan + Kerenzikov

Okay here is the tricky part of the build which I think you should learn to get the most out of it and feel like an ultimate Blade Juggler. So Kerenzikov and Sandevistan don't work together, and if they work, it becomes a bugged mess.

However, Kerenzikov is extremely important for this build as using it together with Defenzikov, makes you extremely resilient to damage for 4 seconds. So my recommendation would be:

  1. When initiating combat, start aiming with a Knife in hand and use a Dash.
  2. This is when Kerenzikov will activate and you can easily remove an enemy with time slowed down.
  3. Once Kerenziko ends, Defenzikov will activate
  4. Now you can activate Sandevistan, which will not interfere with Kerenzikov effects.

Early Game Combat

Okay, let's go through some early-game combat approaches.

Early game - no knives

Unfortunately, an early game is not good for knives. The build only starts to shine once you get JugglerJuggler maximized and can capitalize enemy kills via headshot, Crit Hit, or Poison. For this reason, I recommend using Ranged Weapons. The perfect alternative? Sniper or Revolver will require you to practice precise shots to land the headshot.

You use all knives, now what?

Unfortunately, this will happen, especially when fighting stronger enemies like elites or bosses. What can you do then?

  • Wait
  • Run and pick it up
  • Equip a ranged weapon.

The first two options can be fatal especially if Sandevistan is on cooldown. So definitely have a ranged weapon in inventory if this situation happens.

Use Grenades

Consumables like grenades are another great choice to give some crowd control for free. Just throw them on the enemy that you want to stagger. This is perfect when you are waiting for the throwing item to return.

Late Game Combat

So late game is when the builds take off and become the ultimate Throwing Knife master. You will have accumulated more experience and more importantly, there will be plenty of weapons and cyberware to use.

Here are the main points:

  • Overall you will want to start the combat from stealth. It's just a great way to remove a few targets before you engage in pure offensive combat
  • Learn to enable/disable the high-tier Sandevistans, to save up the duration. This is possible with both - Militech "Falcon" and "Apogee"
  • Landing headshots is the bread and butter of this build, so practice to land them, both for increased damage and activation of Juggler perk icon cyberpunk 2077Juggler.
  • Use Kerenzikov to enable Defenzikov for a 90% mitigation chance for 4 seconds. This is what will give you a huge survivability boost.
  • Dashing around is a great way to ensure survivability from bonuses to mitigation, reach enemies faster, and activate Kerenzikov.


Thank you for reading this post on the Best Throwing Knives build in Cyberpunk 2077. The build offers a perfect balance between style and combat capabilities. You can easily go in loud with the support of Sandevistan or take a stealthy approach and let enemies wonder where are all their comrades gone.

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