The setting of Cyberpunk 2077 is by no means shy and gentle. Illegal trade and violence saturate the streets of the Night City and in order to survive you will have to be ready for anything, even betrayal of your closest allies. Powerful Cyberware and weapons punctuate the exchanges that happen in this world, and you will soon have to figure out what tools you can rely on to protect yourself and pave your way through the chaos.
Warning: This guide is based on the in-progress information available before the official release of the game, including some speculations made from the footage and deduced from basic gun functionality. The guide will be updated as more information becomes available.
As of yet, we don’t know everything about the types of guns you will see inside the game, but the gameplay demos give us some interesting examples and demonstrate their functionality. This is what we will be looking at in this guide.
We know that the Ranged Weapons in Cyberpunk 2077 come in four types: Handguns, Rifles, Sniper Rifles, and Shotguns. Which type you use will primarily depend on the Attributes and Skills you choose to focus on, and we will go over each type below. You will have to use each gun to level up its corresponding skill, increasing accuracu and the speed of use.
Then, when you are ready to look for a higher-level weapon with special abilities, you will most likely be looking within three available flavors: Smart Guns, Tech Weapons, and Power Weapons. It doesn’t really matter what your build is like when it comes to these three, but they certainly have unique characteristics to influence your search for the right gun.
Let’s look at these categories.
Handguns and Rifles
We did combine these two into their own category, because there are some things that can be said about both types of guns. First of all, both Skills are capped by the Reflexes Attribute, so you can easily switch between the two in addition to Blades, if you wanted. For this reason these two types of guns would go well with an action-centered, quick build that runs around the battlefield, dodging incoming attacks at the same time as they take out their enemies, one by one.
Both weapons have a short range, quick rounds, and low damage per individual impact. You probably do not want these for stealthy attacks or one-shot takeouts.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
These are the kind of guns you want for stealthy assassinations. Modified by the Cool Attribute, Sniper Rifle literally sits within the same category as Nerve and Assassination, providing you with stable, reliable kills from a hidden location.
Built for satisfying shots that deal heavy damage upon impact, Shotguns reflect the feel of most other weapons under the Body Attribute. This can get pretty intense, with some Shotguns in Cyberpunk 2077 having eight barrels that all shoot simultaneously. You can use shotguns to hit more targets than with your fists alone, or to avoid heavy punches while continuing to do damage.
Smart Guns tend to shoot tracking or otherwise enhanced bullets that follow their targets.
Tech weapons have been professionally modified. They tend to have additional capabilities and secondary firing modes. A Tech Rifle could, for example, purse through the covers and walls.
Born and modified on the streets, these reworked weapons carry aggressive and often surprising additional capabilities. A Power Shotgun might have bursting shots.
We have some additional information about the kinds of weapons that might be available in the released version of the game.
Additional Special Capabilities
We know of a particular specialization in ranged weapons that aims at delivering damage to Cyberware, such as Handguns that heats up its bullets until they become somewhat of a molten plastic. This ammo is supposed to help its user to damage Cyborg parts, such as limbs.
Certain guns introduce interesting strategies into their use. Some Handguns can gain very high firing speed, but that comes at expense of the gun starting with very slow shots. Still, in this case finding a way to power through the beginning stage leads to you having a very powerful weapon on your hands.
And, of course, we know that Ranged Weapons can have attachments (such as a Scope) or be enhanced by Skills and Skill Perks. One of such enhancements is the ability to ricochet gun’s bullets off of the walls to hit targets behind a cover.