Cyberpunk 2077 crafting: How it works and the best tips

As more and more gamers are getting into the immersive world of Cyberpunk 2077 they are discovering all that the game has to offer. This extremely versatile, player-driven RPG has something for everyone. It is not a game where all you need to do is get from one place to another to complete quests and be done with it. There are various elements to the game that can be explored depending on what the players want their experience to involve.

Irrespective of your gaming style you need to be aware of the Attribute system, Skill tree, and Perks. These play a major role in your character build.

There are five attributes that you can boost throughout the game. The attributes are:

  • Body
  • Technical Ability
  • Reflexes
  • Cool
  • Intelligence

Under each of the attributes are skill trees which can also be boosted by applying the skill in the game. As your skill level rises through practical applications you will get Perk Points. The Perk Points are essential as they can be used to unlock certain Perks under each skill tree. Each of the Perk either gives V certain abilities or enhances their existing ability.

A highly effective skill that players can focus on in the game is Crafting. This skill tree enables players to build and upgrade their weapons and equipment to use or sell. Here is all you need to know before you decide to spend your Perk Points in Cyberpunk 2077.

What is Crafting?

Crafting is a Technical Ability attribute that allows players to build and upgrade craftable items. In the game, you can keep collecting raw material. You can even disassemble items to get more raw materials. With acquired blueprints, you can craft weapons, armors, and equipment. Crafting is an effective way to have weapons that deal greater damage. You can also make armor that takes greater damage. Now that you know what exactly crafting is you need to understand the perks that you can get to help you craft better in Cyberpunk 2077.

Crafting Perks

In the crafting skill tree, you will see a number of perks. Throughout the game as you craft items, your crafting skill will keep increases. With each skill level up you will get Perk Points that you can use to unlock any of these perks:

  • Cost Optimization (1&2)- Reduces component cost of crafting items by 15%.
  • Cutting Edge- Improves damage and damage-related stats of crafted weapons by 5%.
  • Crazy Science- Increases the sale price of crafted items by 10%.
  • Edgerunner Artisan- This allows you to craft legendary items.
  • Efficient Upgrades- Grants a 10% chance to upgrade an item for free.
  • Ex Nihilo- Grants a 20% chance to craft an item for free.
  • Field Technician (1&2)- Crafted weapons deal 2.5% more damage.
  • Grease Monkey- This allows you to craft epic items.
  • Innovation  (1&2)- Consumables are 25% more effective.
  • Let There Be Light! (1&2)- Reduces the component cost of upgrading items by 10%.
  • Mechanic- Gain more components when disassembling.
  • Sapper (1&2)- Grenades deal 10% more damage.
  • Scrapper- Junk items are automatically disassembled.
  • True Craftsman- This allows you to craft rare items.
  • Tune-Up- This allows you to upgrade lower quality components into higher quality ones.
  • Waste Not Want Not- When disassembling an item, you get attached mods back.
  • Workshop (1,2&3)- Disassembling items grants a 5% chance to gain a free component of the same quality as the disassembled item.
  • 200% Efficiency (1&2)- Crafted clothes gain 2.5% more armor.

How to Craft?

Now that you know what crafting is and what perks you can unlock here is how you can actually craft items in Cyberpunk 2077.

To start crafting you need to go to the main menu you will see the option Crafting that allows you to see the items that you can craft.

Once you select the crafting option you will be taken to an items list. Here you can see the different items under- ranged weapons, melee weapons, clothing, grenades, consumables, attachments and mods, cyberware, and quickhacks. Ammo can also be crafted but that can be found under the All Items tab. The items available for you to craft depends on your level as well as your crafting skill level.

To start crafting you can select any item from the list. When you select the item the stats of the item, the rarity of the item, the price of the item, and the weight of the item will be displayed on the right side of the screen. Near the bottom, you will be shown the list and number of components needed to craft the item.

To be able to craft rare, epic, and legendary items you need to have the correct perks unlocked.

You need to have the blueprint for certain items to be able to craft them. Blueprints can be attained by playing the game.

So, once you have the blueprint, the perk, and the right components you can craft the item.

Note: As you craft more and more items, your crafting XP increases leading to an increase in your crafting level. The higher your crafting level the lesser amount of components you need to craft your items.

Where to get components to Craft?

What if you do not have enough of the components needed to craft an item?

There are a number of ways in which you can get the components you need to craft items. The first way is to go to a vendor and simply buy the items. Another more engaging way is to disassemble items you collect to get the components.

How to disassemble items for components?

To disassemble items you need to go to your inventory. In your inventory click on your Backpack (the button will be on the bottom left side of the screen). All the items that you have collected in the game so far will be in your Backpack.

On the left side of the screen, you will get to see all the components you have.

Moving over each of the items in the backpack will show how many of what kind of components you can get from them. You will also be shown how much you can sell the item for. The rarity of the component one gets from an item depends on the rarity of the item.

If you are not able to get the components you want by disassembling what you have collected you can sell the item and use the money to buy more components.

The longer you play the game the more components you get to either craft or upgrade items.

Note: When disassembling items from your backpack you cannot disassemble the items your character is equipped with. This is there to prevent you from mistakenly disassembling the equipped items. If you still want to get components from the item you can simply equip your character with another item rendering the previous item available for disassembly.

How important is Crafting?

How important crafting is for any player depends completely on the kind of gameplay they enjoy. If you enjoy engineering new items and upgrading them then this is an important aspect of the game. Once you have crafted an item you can keep upgrading it as you level up throughout the game. You can also disassemble that item to make more items. All the items you craft will help you progress in the game by either increasing damage or increasing resistance.

However, if you feel that the crafting aspect is not giving you the jollies then you do not have to focus on it. You can get items from the world that you can equip and use to pretty impressive ends. So, crafting essentially is a choice that the developers have offered those who enjoyed this aspect in games like Witcher 3.

Tips

Whether you are interested or disinterested in crafting we suggest you do spend some time upgrading your crafting skills. By unlocking a few right perks you do not have to worry about not being able to craft if you wish to do so later. The perks we encourage you to have Grease Monkey, Edgerunner Artisan, and True Craftsman unlocked so that you can craft items of different rarity. Three other perks we think are helpful for even basic crafting are Mechanic, Scrapper and Waste Not Want Not. With these three perks, you can easily get more components and mods to craft with.

Pick up all the items and junk you get while playing the game. You can break them down to build a new item eventually.

Are you enjoying the Crafting ability in Cyberpunk 2077? What items have you crafter so far? Let us know in the comments below.

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