There is an impressive amount of weapons in Cyberpunk 2077 that you will pick up along the way. While most are quickly replaced with something better, iconic weapons can be upgraded with your character to ensure they are effective even in the later parts of the game.
The best weapons to find and use
This section of the guide will show you the best weapons to find and use while exploring Night City.
Lizzie – Technical gun
Shortly after the start of Act 2, you will have access to the Automatic Love mission. After talking to Judy at Lizzie’s Bar, you can grab Lizzie’s pistol from the table outside her room. This pistol is great because it fires an extra shot every time you pull the trigger and increases the number of shots fired when loaded.
Fenrir – Electric submachine gun
Fenrir is an absolute powerhouse that can be nabbed early on by visiting a monk near the area of Watson’s North Docks. After helping him save his brother, you can collect this iconic weapon from the Maelstrom gang. Fenrir is excellent for melting enemies – literally. It deals thermal damage and has the ability to deal burn damage over it. This is a weapon that you will want to improve and keep with you throughout the game, as it is useful in almost any situation.
Skippy – Smart Pistol
Skippy is not only an incredibly powerful and unique smart gun that evolves with the user’s level, he also speaks and has a full personality. This weapon can be found in the Heywood area as part of an optional side mission where you must retrieve it from someone’s corpse in an alleyway. Skippy has a lethal or non-lethal mode (although not what they seem at first!) which you can select when you first pick it up after having a short chat with the rather sassy weapon.
Follow our full guide below for where to find Skippy:
Widow Maker – Tech Sniper Rifle
Widow Maker is an optional iconic weapon that can deal serious damage. It fires two projectiles per shot and has the ability to deal poison damage when shots are charged. While working with Panam during the Ghost Town mission, she will talk about getting revenge on Nash. This weapon can be missed, so be sure to select the option “OK. So where is this hiding place?” during your conversation with Panam for the opportunity to defeat Nash and his gang. Then you can loot Widow Maker from Nash’s body, adding this powerful weapon to your arsenal.
Overwatch – Powerful Sniper Rifle
Panam’s trusty sniper rifle can be yours after completing the Riders on the Storm Side job. Once you’ve fulfilled its conditions, the sniper rifle will be wedged next to the motorcycle just before Panam leaves. This sniper rifle deals high damage, has a faster than average reload speed, and is very accurate. Her full potential is unlocked at body level 6 – which will increase her overall potency.
Prototype: Shingen Mark V – Intelligent Submachine Gun
This iconic smart submachine gun can be found during the Gimme Danger mission in Act 2. It’s hidden in an open Arasaka truck inside the compound, guarded by a distant mine that you must quickly deactivate. Like other smart weapons, this weapon automatically targets and fires at enemies inside the smart targeting box, launching a series of projectiles at up to three enemies simultaneously. It’s a great weapon to use when you’re outnumbered. It also has a high critical damage modifier and the ability to burn enemies.