Making the best melee build in Cyberpunk 2077 starts with one hand, or maybe two.
When it comes to RPGs or Role-playing games, there are many different ways you can go about handling baddies in the open world.
There is no shortage of what you can do or how you go about playing the game. The main character, V, is yours to control.
Are you going to be a pistol-wielding gunslinger, a cyber-techie Netrunner, or maybe you want to deliver death from afar with a sniper?
Well, in this Cyberpunk 2077 build guide, we will be doing quite the opposite. We will be delivering our enemies to death's door from close-quarters.
A Good Melee Build Is All About Balance
A good melee build is all about finding a balance between heavy-handed attacks that devastate enemies and speed to dodge incoming fire, with a sprinkle of tank-like endurance and health regeneration.
For this guide, we will be breaking it down into two different sections.
- Perks: this will make your character efficient at the task at hand. In this case, close-quarters melee.
- Weapons: tools of the trade, if you will, as well as some notable mentions you might want to look for to make the most of this build.
The Best Melee Build In Cyberpunk 2077
When it comes to Cyberpunk 2077, there are no shortage of perks.
At first, this could seem overwhelming, as CD Projekt Red did not skimp out on the perk's tree design. Nor did it make the leveling system simple for this near-future dystopia daydream known as Cyberpunk 2077.
To make this simple, we will further break down our perk selection for this guide into three perk categories. Therefore, you'll know exactly what to focus on first when making the best melee build in Cyberpunk 2077.
Crucial: Perks you absolutely need to make this build work.
Support: Perk that complement the ones mentioned above to make your build more complete.
Extras: Consider these as honorable mentions. Even though they will not "make or break" your build having them within your perk ecosystem is a must for the ultimate melee build.
Finally, before we start, we want to quickly go over which Skill Trees you want to be dumping your hard-earned attribute points into.
Placing these in the wrong spot can hinder your build from reaching its full potential.
For this build, we will be using 2 out of the 5 Skill Trees available.
Reflexes: The melee game is all about speed. The majority of your enemies will be using guns; therefore, you will need to be faster than a speeding bullet to dodge them. The Reflexes skill tree is home to perks that increase your overall movement speed and evasion. It also contains crucial perks tied to blades and critical damage hit damage.
Body: Most of your kills are going to be close-quarters wetwork. If you cannot reach the enemy, you might as well be done for in a fight. The Body skill tree will help you survive, with perks that increase health, speed, and stamina.
The Best Perks For The Ultimate Melee Build In Cyberpunk 2077
Sting Like A Bee: Increase attack speed with blades by 10%, 20%, or 30%.
Killing enemies as quickly as possible will help you move to the next target. On the other hand, taking too long will mean you will get gunned down and discarded like some faulty Cyberware.
Judge, Jury, And Executioner: Increases damage with blades by 50%, 75%, 100% against enemies with max health.
This perk will let you deal a massive blow to full-health enemies allowing you to take them out of the fight with one swing.
Deathbolt: While wielding a blade, defeating an enemy restore 20% health and increase movement speed by 30% for 5 sec.
This is one of the best perks for any melee build. The boost in speed will help you reach the next target. Meanwhile, the health regeneration boost will heal you on the way there.
Speed Demon: You deal damage the faster you are moving.
This one is the "peanut butter" to the "jelly" that is Deathbolt. The Deathbolt perk will give you a 30% boost to speed. The Speed Demon will take advantage of said speed boost to increase your next attack's damage output.
Steel and Chrome: Increase melee damage by 10%, 20%.
As this is a melee build, a flat increase to any melee weapon we use is a no-brainer.
Dragon Strike: Increase critical damage with blades by 25%.
The Dragon Strike perk will boost your critical damage by a handsome 25%. Dealing a critical blow to your enemies has never been more devastating.
Flight of The Sparrow: Reduces the stamina cost of all attacks with blades by 30%, 50%.
Once you acquire the perk, Sting Like A Bee, you will be a breakneck-speed, blade-wielding kitchen blender. In turn, depleting your stamina in no time, this perk will keep you swinging even when you cant.
Slow And Steady: Armor is increased by 15%, 30% while moving.
With a melee build, you will always be moving constantly to reach your next target. When on the move, good armor, and this perk will turn you into a "nimble tank."
Blessed Blade: Increase crit chance with blades by 20%.
This modest boost will allow you to deal with critical hits on your target more often for massive damage-dealing.
Bloodlust: While wielding a blade, recover 7%, 10% health when applying "bleeding" to an enemy or hitting an enemy affected by bleeding.
Simple: they bleed, you heal!
Dog of War: Increase health regen in combat by 15%, 20%.
Any boost to your health regeneration is a welcomed one. Trust us, with a melee build. You will be taking a lot of damage.
Crimson Dance: Combos with blades have a 15%, 30% chance to apply "Bleeding."
Not important at first, but when you mix this with the Blood Lust perk, you make a devastating combination. This will allow you to heal over time when you apply "Bleeding" and apply "Bleeding" more often. This combination lets you keep your cyber-samurai momentum going without needing to heal.
Epimorphosis: Health regenerates up to 70%, 80%, 100% of max health outside combat.
As you slash your way through the streets of Cyberpunk 2077, the Epimorphosis perk ensures you are always ready for the next fight, healing you to 100% after the carnage is over.
Dead Center: Increase damage to torsos by 10%, 20%.
As you move through this dystopian playground smashing the melee button, you will find that you are always aiming at center mass. A boost in damage to torsos shots is just what the doctor ordered... Well, not for your enemies.
Marathoner: Sprinting does not drain stamina.
With both sprinting and stamina sharing the same stamina bar, it can be difficult to manage. Wating for your stamina bar to fill up can expel death. The Marathoner perk will free up your stamina bar for more slashing fun.
Cardio Cure: Health Regenerates 25% faster as you move.
With any melee build, "running" is going to be your middle name. The Cardio Cure perk stacks nicely with all of our other health regenerating perks keeping you alive, to-do more killing.
The Best Weapon To Use With A Melee Build In Cyberpunk 2077.
Any melee weapon will do, but with so many perks being aimed at "blades," the Katana is our weapon of choice.
Thankfully, there is no shortage of Katanas in Cyberpunk 2077's futuristic Night City.
If you have not found one in your playthrough yet, do not worry. Head to your nearest gunshop, and they should have one there for you to buy. However, there are "Iconic" Katanas in the world for you to find for free.
Iconic Katanas come with special attributes, from more serious critical damage to faster attack speed. Nevertheless, the most important part of iconic weapons is that you will also get their crafting specification once in your inventory.
This lets you craft them later down the road for more powerful stats. It also ensures that you will never outgrow them.
Do not forget to upgrade your melee weapons periodically in the crafting menu. Upgrading them will boost the weapon stats with every upgrade from Common all the way up to Legendary.
Also, remember that both upgrading and crafting require crafting materials or components. You can either buy these from a local shop and pay top "Eddies" for them, or you can salvage them from breaking down weapons, weapons mods, and clothing items.
Moreover, since you will be playing a melee build, you will have no shortage of handguns, assault rifles, and other projectile weapons to break down.
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