Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 Netrunner build (Smart Weapons)

I'm in the system!

Netrunners are hackers in the world of Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 that use their brains as their computers; they usually make their living by scouring the vast expanse of the internet for valuable data and selling it to fixers after scraping anything of value. Being a fan of cyberpunk as a culture from an early age, Netrunner was the very first build I tried out when I first started playing Cyberpunk 2077 2.0, and in this guide, I will show you how to put it together.

Cyberpunk 2077 Netrunner build guide

This Netrunner build for Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 will focus on Quickhacking as it is the most diverse and useful tool in any Netrunner's toolset. It is probably my favorite of all perks in the game due to its diversity and ability to take out men and machines alike. Using this build, you will be able to deal with multiple enemies with ease, fighting them in cyberspace and in real life simultaneously.

How does Quickhacking work in Cyberpunk 2077 2.0?

Quickhacking is a mechanic in Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 that works akin to spells in more traditional fantasy games, applying either a status effect or pure damage on an enemy. RAM is a unit of cost you use to perform each quickhack, with more complex or effective hacks costing more RAM and vice versa. You have five different types of quickhacks:

  • Combat: These quickhacks deal damage by forcibly accessing the enemies' implants or systems and using them to spread chaos, causing damage and leaving status effects.
  • Control: Allows you to manipulate enemies in a limited fashion. It can be used to access vehicles and control them.
  • Covert: Especially useful for assassin builds and goes well with the Cool Attribute. It is used primarily for evasion while remaining undetected.
  • Ultimate: These quickhacks are similar to Combat but are much more potent and costly.
  • Device Hacks: Used for accessing locked devices, like datapads.

Best starting stats for Netrunner build in Cyberpunk 2077 2.0

The best starting stats I like to use for Netrunner build in Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 are the following:

  • Intelligence: 6
  • Reflexes: 6
  • Technical ability: 4
  • Cool: 3
  • Body: 3

By favoring the Intelligence skill tree first, you will be developing your primary ability in the game, while Reflexes will hone your combat skills and survivability. Technical ability will further expand upon your ability to take on more potent cyberware, which is the name of the game in this build.

Related: How to exceed Cyberware capacity limit in Cyberpunk 2077 2.0

Best endgame stats for Netrunner build in Cyberpunk 2077 2.0

The best stats you should have when you reach Level 60 for Netrunner build in Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 are the following:

  • Intelligence: 20
  • Reflexes: 15
  • Technical ability: 20
  • Cool: 3
  • Body: 13

Best Perks for Leveling your Netrunner build to Level 9 in Cyberpunk 2077 2.0

The best way to level your Netrunner build in Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 is by prioritizing the Intelligence perks over all others since they will be the bread and butter when playing. You should get a level 9 Intelligence right from the start because it advances your skill tree, allowing you to unlock more powerful perks. Here is how your perk progression should go by level 9:

1Eye in the Sky
2Hack Queue
3Hack Queue
4Data Recycler
6Feedback Loop
9Embedded Exploit

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Best Perks for Leveling your Netrunner build to Level 50 in Cyberpunk 2077 2.0

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The key to leveling your Netrunner build to Level 50 in Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 is to develop the Intelligence attribute first, followed by perks from its skill tree that favor quickhacking. Hack Queue and Queue Acceleration are the main perk branches you should be covering, along with Optimization, Embedded Exploit, Overclock, and finally, Spillover, to achieve maximum synergy.

OrderParent perksSide Perks
1Eye in the SkyForcekill Cypher
2OptimizationProximate Propagation
3Hack QueueData Recycler
Feedback Loop
4Embedded ExploitIcepick
System Overwhelm
5Queue AccelerationQueue Prioritization
Queue Hack_Root
Finisher: Live Wire
Race Against Mind
Power Surge
Blood Daemon
7Car Hacker-
8Acquisition SpecialistNo Escape
Precision Subroutines
9Target Lock TransferTerminal Velocity
Targeting Prism
10Queue Mastery-
12Smart Synergy-

Moving to Technical ability, the main focus should be on All Things Cyber, moving on to the License to Chrome perk branch, and finally reaching the Edgerunner perk upon achieving level 20. This powerful perk allows you to exceed your Cyberware Capacity by up to 50 points at the low cost of your own HP, making it synergize nicely with the Netrunner build.

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1Glutton for WarFirst Aid
2Health Freak-
3All Things CyberDriver Update
Chipware Connieseur
Lucky Day
Renaissance Punk
Chrome Constitution
5License to ChromeAmbidextrous
Built Different
Extended Warranty
7Ticking Time Bomb-

Best Weapons for Netrunner build in Cyberpunk 2077 2.0

The natural progression of Netrunner build in Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 favors Smart Weapons, followed closely by Tech Weapons and Explosives. Here are some of the best Smart Weapons to look out for:

  • L-69 Zhuo: A Smart Shotgun you can obtain from the Weapon Vendor in Downtown.
  • Arasaka TKI-20 Shingen: A great Smart SMG with plenty of ammo and great customizability points. You can purchase it from almost any weapon vendor in the game.
  • HJKE-11 Yukimura: This Smart Pistol is great for car combat, holding up to 30 rounds in the magazine. You can customize it further with mods if you obtain a specimen of rarity three and above.

Best Cyberware for a Netrunner build in Cyberpunk 2077 2.0

  • Kiroshi "Sentry" Optics: Excellent for detecting turrets and cameras when performing a scan, while also providing you with increase in zoom levels. To obtain this tech mod, visit Viktor's Clinic in Little China.
  • RAM Upgrade: Essential for any build relying on quickhacks, as it allows for a faster RAM recovery rate, which in turn gives you more opportunities for quickhacks per fight. You can obtain this piece of cyberware at nearly every ripperdoc clinic in the Night City, but I prefer the ripperdoc in West Wind Estate.
  • Self-ICE: Hacking works both ways, and Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 allows the enemy to quickhack you right back. This is especially prevalent when under attack by well-equipped Corpo enemies, or if you're unfortunate enough to have the infamous MaxTac units on your back. Self-ICE works by purging the enemy malware, instantly ridding you of any hacking effects. You can obtain this gadget from the ripperdoc in West Wind Estate.
  • Monowire: This arm cyberware allows you to attack enemies with a monofilament coming out of your hand. This deadly weaponized cyberware has the largest melee range in the game. You can obtain it by visiting almost any ripperdoc in the Night City.

Best Relic Perks for a Netrunner build in Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty

The addition of Relic perks to the Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty expansion brought a new way to apply quickhacks by the use of a Monowire. By unlocking these perks, you will unlock this ability and further expand upon it.

  • Jailbreak: This perk unlocks new abilities for Arm cyberware. The Monowire now has a a dedicated slot for Control quickhacks. To use the installed quickhack, charge the Monowire by holding Left mouse button. When fully charged, release the attack to deal damage and upload the quickhack without paying its RAM cost.
    • Data Tunneling: When an enemy is affected by a Monowire-uploaded quickhack, normal Monowire attacks which hit that enemy and other enemies simultaneously will make the quickhack spread to the other enemies.

Looking for more guides on Cyberpunk 2077? You've come to the right place! Have a look at All changes in Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty 2.0 Update and How to respec in Cyberpunk 2077 2.0, here on Pro Game Guides!

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Luka Rakocevic works as a full-time staff writer at Pro Game Guides and is a new-generation gamer. Backed with old-school gaming knowledge, his oldest gaming memories are on SNES, trying to beat Super Mario. Games are his big inspiration, and he frequently draws from that well to create new art. He prefers narrative-driven games like God of War, Killzone, Half-life, Uncharted and similar. Luka mainly writes science fiction in his free time. When he's not home banging away at his computer keyboard, you will most likely find him at a local pub or a metal concert in the middle of a mosh pit.
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