Best Solo Build Update 2.0 - Cyberpunk 2077
Best Solo Build
The build takes full control of the Body attribute perk tree. This makes it an effective all-rounder - that can use shotguns, light machine guns, gorilla arms, and even hammers with baseball bats. This Solo build fully stands by its words - doing everything solo.
My preferred option of playing this is mostly using Defender or any other Light Machine Gun, for a continuous stream of bullets. However, once the bullets are out either use a quick melee for a strong finisher or activate Berserker.
With Berserker, the second level of Mayhem starts. You automatically equip Gorilla Arms, or Blunt weapons and start Bashing enemy heads. The melee perks allow creating small quakes, sprinting while knocking out foes, or slinging enemy bodies all while in total rage mode. In addition, you are invincible while doing all of this with a limitless pool of stamina.
To further enhance the body and be able to control light machine guns, we will take a lot of cyberware. This will allow, us to better manage operating system effects, and weapon control and provide needed defenses to survive.
So let's jump into the build.
First, let's go through attributes, they will decide the direction of the build and give access to different tiers of perks. The higher tier gives better actions and passives to further support the build. Let's take a look at what we need for the Solo Build.
Here are what attributes we should be taking at the start of the game.
|Body||+3||Will give us bonus HP early in the game and is the main attribute of the build|
|Reflexes||+3||Gives a critical chance and will be used to obtain mobility perks.|
|Technical Ability||+1||Unlocks the first tier of perks.|
End Game Attributes
Here is the goal of Solo Build that we should reach at level 50
|Reflexes||20||Maximum Reflexes will ensure a higher critical chance and unlock a few mobility perks|
|Body||20||The attribute will give bonus HP and unlock all the perks needed to be effective with the build.|
|Technical Ability||20||Will provide perks related to healing items and cyberware. Moreover, provides bonus armor for better protection against damage.|
|Cool||8||Gives a boost to critical damage, but overall we do not need it much.|
|Intelligence||3||We skip this attribute as we do not use anything related.|
To improve the build understanding and give you some direction here is the recommended leveling progression. Use it more as a guideline to create your Solo build. Once you start "Feeling" your playstyle you can deviate and pick your perks to better suit your style!
+1 Technical Ability
|2||+1 Body 7||Painkiller|
|3||+1 Body 8||Glutton for War|
|4||+1 Body 9||Die! Die! Die!|
Let's go through the perks of the Solo Build. We will go through about 60~ perk points, and the game awards about 80. So you will have points left to adjust the build to your needs.
The main attribute of the Solo build. It unlocks fist-related perks, health regeneration, and huge protection boosts against damage.
Level 4 Perks - HP regeneration
These perks will ensure that we have sufficient HP regeneration in various combat situations.
|Painkiller||A very valuable perk that is recommended for any build. We also need it for the progression|
|Dorph-head||Blood Pump will be one of the main Cyberware that we use to drastically boost HP restoration|
|Comeback Kid||Higher health regen, the closer to death you are? Count me in|
Level 9 Perks
|Wrecking Ball||The ability allows now to knock out targets while sprinting. This is great for mobility as it gives better control of the battlefield.|
|Breakthrough||Increases the damage after strong attacks. I always recommend running by holding the attack button, so that the strong attack is ready the moment you need it.|
|Die! Die! Die!||No need to worry about low stamina as now more bullets will shower the targets|
|Like a Feather||Move without any hindrance using light machine guns and heavy shotguns.|
|Don't Stop Me Now||Gives some survivability boost when low on stamina.|
|Bullet Ballet||A quality of life improvement for better weapon handling when shooting.|
Level 15 Perks
The next set of Perks will give a huge survivability boost to the Solo build. Moreover, we get weapon perks, that will allow instantly finish the enemy off. I skip some blunt weapon perks, because mostly they will be used when Berserk is activated.
|Adrenaline Rush||Awesome perk gives a second layer of HP when using healing items. This will give so-needed survivability if you plan on using Edgerunner and also play on Very Hard|
|Calm Mind||Delay before Adrenaline starts decaying, prolonging the second layer of HP.|
|Juggernaut||Encourages you to have Adrenaline activated most of the time, to get these sweet combat bonuses.|
|Unstoppable Force||Makes you immune to some knockout effects.|
|Quake||A violent hit that knocks down everyone around the area. It can be initiated from the air. It gets even better with some additional perks.|
|Epicenter||Now quake will do even more damage the higher you jump from. So be sure to do a double jump before initiating it.|
Level 20 Perks
|Pain to Gain||Together with Glutton for War and Health Freak these perks will make it easy to have health restoration on hand.|
|Finisher: Savage Sling||Very cool finisher that can either restore health or allow you to throw enemies at the next target. This deals decent damage but most importantly it is fun|
|Onslaught||Can make LMGs have almost infinite ammo as long as you kill foes. Of course, against bosses and elites, it may take a whole magazine to remove them.|
|Rip and Tear||The perk is only needed if you plan on using Shotguns. Otherwise, skip it.|
These perks will give a mobility boost.
Level 4 Perks
|Multitasker||A quality of life improvement, giving some alternatives for combat when sprinting.|
|Slippery||Base perk, that we will need to progress to other levels. Moreover, it gives some survivability and encourages constant movement.|
|Muscle Memory||Makes ranged combat much easier as you sustain your mobility while reloading|
Level 9 Perks
Finally, we will be able to get the first mobility perk. It is useful both for exploration and combat
|Dash||Another new perk that gives a short dash to avoid or get close to the enemies.|
|Mad Dash||Doubles the distance if dashing directly to an enemy. perfect when you activate Berserk and use Gorilla Arms.|
|Can't Touch This||A 100% mitigation chance while Dashing is valuable. This will give you a higher chance of survival under heavy fire.|
Technical Ability Perks
The perks in this tree play an important role in general survivability, item usage, and cyberware. Overall, you will want to heavily invest in this tree throughout the mid and late game.
Level 4 Perks
|Glutton for War||You will be taking out a lot of enemies, so why not faster healing item recharge?|
|First Aid||Faster healing item recharge speed.|
|Transfusion||If you use the last charge, you are close to being overwhelmed or dead. So a 30% boost is awesome.|
Level 9 Perks
|Health Freak||You now have 3 health recharge items, making combat a bit easier.|
|All Things Cyber||Mandatory perk as we will need as much Cyberware as we can. Reduces its costs|
|Renaissance Punk||Gives some additional cyberware capacity. Feel free to switch it to Driver Update or Chrome Constitution once you have enough cyberware.|
Level 15 Perks
|License to Chrome||Improves Skeleton cyberware and unlocks a new slot for even more chrome|
|Extended Warranty||The increased duration is useful for Revulsor, Berserk, and some other cyberware.|
|Ambidextrous||Gives an additional slot for hands cyberware, that you can use to increase accuracy or get unique effects.|
|Cyborg||I think this perk is extremely important when using Berserk. The problem is that it starts its cooldown reset once you finish its activation, making it take a long time till you can reuse it. This perk is one of the ways to minimize that period.|
|Pyromania||We will be able to fully utilize this perk with Shock-n-Awe cyberware because shockwaves count as explosions.|
|Friendlier Fire||As you will constantly release electroshocks, this will give some defenses against it.|
|Heat Shield||With constant shock explosions, each Pyromania stack will give some additional mitigation chance, greatly improving survivability.|
Level 20 Perks
|Edgerunner||I think this perk could be optional. It is amazing as it gives 50 Cyberware capacity allowing to put in at least one additional iconic cyberware. Moreover, you have a chance to enter Fury State for a huge damage boost. However, this reduces your health, increasing your chances of dying.|
|Ticking Time Bomb||Aamzin perk, that not only releases EMP but also gives a brief period of damage reduction.|
Perks - Relic
With the introduction of Phantom Liberty, you will be able to obtain new perks that give unique capabilities. Here is what I recommend for the Solo Build:
|1||Jailbreak||Unlocks unique effects for Arms cyberware. Gorilla Arms unlocks a powerful hit that activates after killing an enemy. Use a strong attack after that to activate it.|
|2||Limiter Removal||The charged attack now knocks back nearby enemies.|
|3||Vulnerability Analytics||Shows enemy weak spots, which when hit, create an electricity explosion. It is especially useful against robots and stronger enemies.|
|4||Machine Learning||Improves Vulnerability Analytics by making them appear faster and giving a higher critical damage boost|
Combat and Tips
Here I would like to share some suggestions on how to utilize the Solo build to the maximum.
Dash with Strong Attack for melee
Once you enter Berserk, you will automatically equip a melee weapon. When going straight for enemies I recommend already holding the attack button. This will charge up the Strong attack that you can instantly release when close to the target.
This way you do not waste any time, and do the maximum amount of damage in the most efficient manner. Of course, you can also use Wrecking Ball that knocks down enemies allowing you to pummel targets lying on the floor.
The cornerstone of this build is Berserk. It will allow you to go into ultimate mode where you are invincible and deal increased damage. The main drawback (or a blessing?) is that you have to use melee attacks for that. I think this gives an excellent change of pace from constant bullet spraying.
So my favorite approach with this build is to enter combat with Gorilla Arms + Berserk. After it ends you have some foes cleared already. Equip the Light Machine Gun and start the rest of the cleanup. Be sure to first take out Elite enemies with Gorilla Arms as LMG might not be effective against them. You want to avoid any reloading with this weapon.
LMG or Shotgun
The build can use both of these weapons, and it's your personal preference. I personally like LMGs more here as it is a better option in the medium range. Shotguns (not all of them) are best at close range, and you already have a weapon for that. However, you can take something like a Headsman that is perfect for medium-range headshots.
The build goes into Body-related weapons - shotguns, light machine guns, and heavy machine guns. Moreover, from level 10 you can equip the first Gorilla Arms. Also, you can go for blunt weapons like baseball bats and hammers.
||The iconic weapon from Edgerunners anime is used by Rebecca. It has crazy recoil but deals tons of damage, and has a decent clip size.|
||Even more powerful than Guts, but reloads every shot. Moreover, will activate Pyromania with each shot.|
|The Headsman||The most precise shotgun? Has a 200% headshot multiplier, is very accurate, and has low recoil. Perfect for sniping those mid-range targets.|
|Redbone||Perfect shotgun to go all in with the "Speed Demon" theme. Utilize sprinting, and dashing for bonus damage.|
|Sovereign||Extremely fun shotgun to use that deals the most damage at very close range. Torso shots will also increase reload and movement speed. Synergizes well with Microgenerator due to constant reloading.|
Light Machine Guns
There is another option for a machine gun, but it has a lower ammo capacity and I found it not to be that effective for longer encounters.
||Iconic version that has increased fire rate for repeated firing and critical chance. Takes Solo build combat to the next level|
||The base light machine gun. It comes with modification slots that allow for improving the weapon.|
One thing that you may note is that I do not recommend Baseball Bats. I personally find they do not fit the build's idea. If you are a cool guy who stands alone against enemy bullets, using something big and intimidating fits the theme better. That is just my preference, feel free to adjust based on your playstyle.
|Sasquatch's Hammer||A slow weapon but deals large amounts of damage and can easily knock out foes.|
||A base hammer, that comes with modification slots. Try to drop the highest rarity for your level.|
Cyberware is a unique mechanic that allows us to fill the build with implants. Our main goal is first to get offensive ones. 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 even multiple iconic ones.
We also need to activate Cyborg by filling all the cyberware slots. Once you have Ambidextrous and License to Chrome you can start by taking the cheapest ones. Why do we want to do this? Our goal is to have the shortest possible cooldown for Berserk. The problem with it is that its cooldown does not start resetting until it finishes (opposite to how sandevistan works).
Cyberware - Frontal Cortex
Only one cyberware really matters here and it is Axolotl. The others are just fillers to fill all the slots.
|1||Axolotl||I recommend this cyberware above anything else. It is crazy powerful for the build and is mandatory. Each kill reduces the cooldown of Berserk by at least 10%. However, it takes a lot of cyberware capacity, so you can switch it with Newton Module as a cheaper alternative.|
||Gives a cyberware cooldown reduction after taking out an enemy. It is not much, however, with multiple kills, the effect adds up.|
|2||Mechatronic Core||Increases damage against drones, mechs, and robots. Taking it to fill the slot.|
|3||Self-ICE||Only taking it to fill the slot. Of course, it gives some defensive bonuses against quickhacks.|
Gorilla Arms are obtainable only starting at level 10 from Ripperdocs.
|1||Gorilla Arms||The main cyberware to enable this build. You can pick any element you want, but I prefer the simple ones as they give the highest damage.|
Cyberware - Skeleton
|1||Epimorphic Skeleton||This cyberware greatly boosts overall health. This will be very useful to provide some bonus survivability.|
|2||Dense Marrow||Gives a huge boost to melee damage at the cost of stamina. The good thing is that stamina is unlimited while in Berserk.|
||An alternative to Dense Marrow in case you plan on using shotguns or light machine guns more.|
|3||Rara Avis||Gives a huge boost to armor, but comes with a steep cyberware capacity cost. If cannot equip, take the below one.|
|3||Para Bellum||Gives 12% armor for better protection.|
|3||Spring Joints||Increases Migitagion Strength. We have many sources to activate mitigation like Pyromania|
Cyberware - Nervous System
|1||Neofiber||Gives higher mitigation chance and strength and scales with Reflexes for bonus critical chance.|
|2||Revulsor||Iconic version of Reflex Tuner. Movement speed for you is not slowed which makes it very powerful, for this type of build, scales with Cool.|
|2||Reflex Tuner||Slows time when things are dicey.|
||Iconic cyberware that boosts movement speed for a whole 50 seconds.|
|3||Adrenaline Converter||Gives a decent movement speed increase when entering combat. Moreover, has low cyberware costs, before you can afford the above one.|
Cyberware - Integumentary System
|1||Shock-n-Awe||Mandatory cyberware for this build. As we will constantly be under fire and close to enemies, the electric explosions will do half of your work. Moreover, they work with Pyromania|
|2||Chitin||Has a high cyberware capacity cost, but provides a huge armor bonus and health regeneration.|
|2||Subdermal Armor||Provides flat armor increase. Has a low cyberware capacity cost.|
|3||Pain Editor||As the build will rely on being in the open during combat, having higher damage reduction is good.|
|3||Nano-Plating||A lower cyberware capacity cyberware that negates projectile damage after using Dash.|
Cyberware - Operating System
For the endgame, my recommendations would be these two operating systems. Both of them make you invulnerable and provide unlimited stamina with increased attack speed.
|Biodyne Berserk||My preferred option for Berserk. Although it has a longer cooldown, the damage boost is very high needing only a few hits to take out an enemy - a total MaxTac killer.|
|Militech Berserk||The iconic Berserk operating system. Try to activate it with the lowest HP possible, this way you will get the highest boost to damage. This is the problem for me as it is a risky approach.|
Cyberware - Ocular System
|1||Kiroshi "Cockatrice" Optics
||The recommended option, however, has a very high cyberware cost. Boosts critical hit chance considerably.|
|1||Kiroshi "Doomsayer" Optics||We are mainly interested in critical chance boost based on the Reflexes attributes|
Cyberware - Hands
The second slot is accessible once you obtain the Ambidextrous perk. Try to first fill with the cheapest ones, and then upgrade as you get higher cyberware capacity.
|1||Immovable Force||Iconic cyberware that will greatly improve weapon handling. Comes with a steep cost|
|1||Shock Absorber||Reduces recoil, making weapon handling easier.|
|2||Tyger Claws Dermal Imprint||Costs 0 Cyberware Capacity - the lowest possible value, good for filling cyberware slots|
Cyberware - Circulatory System
The first two options are standard for my builds. However, the third slot has multiple variations.
|1||Biomonitor||Automatically restores health by using healing items. I started loving this one, as you do not need to waste time and concentrate just on the combat.|
||The best health regeneration item and cyberware. It will also activate Adrenaline Rush for us.|
||Greatly reduces stamina costs for all attacks, allowing the build to sustain full-powered hits for longer. Unfortunately, comes with a steep cost.|
|3||Clutch Padding||Reduces stamina usage for ranged weapons.|
|3||Heal-On-Kill||Costs 10 Cyberware Capacity and restores health on each kill. Why it's comparatively low? Because you need high Intelligence to fully utilize it.|
Cyberware - Legs
|Reinforced Tendons||My personal favorite makes traversing much easier.|
|Leeroy Ligament System||Iconic leg cyberware, providing faster movement speed, however, does not give any jumping benefits|
|Fortified Ankles||Gives the highest jumps and high boost to armor compared to cyberware capacity cost. But you need to hold the jump button.|
Thank you for reading this post on the best Solo build in Cyberpunk 2077. Taking enemies head-on without a glimpse of fear requires courage. This is what this build allows as you shower enemies with bullet rain. Once things are in place, activate Berserk for ultimate carnage with Gorilla Arms.
I hope you will enjoy the build!