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Best Cyberpunk 2077 perks for Phantom Liberty and Update 2.0

Cyberpunk 2077's perk system has been completely changed for Phantom Liberty and Update 2.0 - here are the best perks you need to use
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Cyberpunk 2077 is back with update 2.0 and the Phantom Liberty expansion, and these two things have drastically changed the game. Even if you load up an old save file now, you’ll find that every Perk tree has been drastically changed, giving each and every weapon type and build new tricks and tools to use in and out of battle.

Even your old save files with 50 hours logged will need to have each and every skill and perk point you’ve earned thus far reassigned, and you’ll need to stay on top of what all of those perks are actually doing, too.

In this guide we’re listing three of the best perks in each tree. Once you’ve decided which build and playstyle suits you best, you should aim for the perks we list below in that tree. If you’re not sure which build suits you best yet, check the weapons and abilities we list at the start of each perk tree and think about which you use most often.

Best Body Perks – Phantom Liberty

Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty is CDPR’s most expensive DLC: A man with short dark hair, a growth of stubble on his chin, and electric circuits running around his eyes stands in the middle of a dark street illuminated faintly by dim neon lights.

Body perks will boost your close-range combat abilities with blunt melee weapons, LMGs, and shotguns. These perks are designed to give you extra health so you can tank hits and deal huge damage back. Great for an aggressive playstyle.


Passive health regen. What’s not to like?

Fury Road

Do more damage to enemy vehicles, take less damage to your vehicle. Great for the game’s new vehicular combat mechanics.

Adrenaline Rush

Once at level three, Adrenaline Rush will be available. This gives you adrenaline, which acts as extra health, for a maximum of a 50% boost to your overall health. Again, this can make you fierce in close-range encounters.

Best Reflexes Perks – Phantom Liberty


Reflexes offers boosts for Assault Rifles, SMGs, and blade melee weapons, so if you want to play as a slick samurai, this is the perk tree for you. Keep in mind this includes the Mantis Blades cyberware.

Air Dash

Does what it says on the tin. Defy physics!


At level 3 this perk allows you to increase your stamina while shooting, on top of making your weapon much more stable.

Submachine Fun

Swapping SMGs is faster, and also reloads them. Equip two and swap between them to quickly rinse through your ammo supply.

Best Technical Ability Perks – Phantom Liberty

Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty screenshot

This perk tree is for tech weapons and Cyberware enhancements.


Exceed your Cyberware capacity by 50. Max out your Cyberware and get a chance of activating a Fury state, with increased damage and crit chances. What’s not to love?


Once at level 3 this perk will allow you to use grenades more often, damage a wider radius, and do more damage overall. An easy choice if you use grenades at all.

Chain Lightning

This one is just for Tech weapons. Combine Bolt with Chain Lightning to massively increase the power of Tech weapons, and allow them to unleash electric bolts for extra damage.

Best Cool Perks – Phantom Liberty


Cool perks will upgrade your stealth options on top of Pistols, Revolvers, Precision weapons, Snipers, and throwable weapons.


Level 3 on this perk will allow you to sprint while crouched – essential if you use stealth options regularly.


Level 3 with this perk allows you to enter Deadeye mode when Stamina is above 85%, removing bullet spread and boosting headshot and weakspot damage by 20%.

Nerves of Tungsten-Steel

This perk stacks with Deadeye, giving guaranteed crits on headshots and weakspots when using Revolvers, Snipers, or Precision Rifles. You can also get up to 25% extra damage depending on the distance you’re firing from – further is better.

Best Intelligence Perks – Phantom Liberty


Intelligence will boost all of your hacking skills, making it so you can clear rooms of foes without lifting a finger – or, you can rely on your Smart Weapons.


This allows you to use Quickhacks on vehicles, a great complement to the new vehicle combat. Pair it with a high tier Cyberdeck, and you can even detonate vehicles remotely.


Level 3 with this perks unlocks Overclock mode, which allows you to use more RAM units than you actually have available, in exchange for health. But that’s not the only perk Overclock can offer…

Smart Synergy

When paired with Overclock, Smart Synergy automatically locks onto foes when using Smart Weapons, and boosts their damage by 25%. If the hacks don’t allow you to walk every fight, bring a few Smart Weapons in as backup.