For the lucky few that are able to get through Cyberpunk 2077 without bugs blocking every step you take, you might’ve noticed that money is a problem in the game.
Everything in Night City has a price and if like us you found yourself staring at the price of cyberware wondering how you’re going to afford Mantis Blades, you aren’t alone.
During last week’s africast I mentioned that the economy in Cyberpunk 2077 feels broken and that there isn’t enough money floating around and I am here today to tell you I was wrong.
Since that africast, I have amassed a small fortune which I have used to purchase Legendary cyberware upgrades, progress missions and I’m even trying to decide what car to purchase for myself from the many, many offers I have.
Now, what follows is not a get rich quick guide, you will have to do a bit of grinding but these three things will help you feel a bit more flush as you explore Night City.
Do Breach Protocol every chance you get
Access Points around Night City can allow you to execute a Datamine daemon that gives you crafting components, gear and more importantly, Eurodollars (eddies) upon a successful hack. These mini-games can be quite simple but some are more complex.
The first thing you’ll want to do is acquire the Advanced Datamine perk from the Intelligence attribute under the Breach Protocol section.
When maxed out, this perk gives you 100 percent more eddies for a successful Datamine.
Your goal here is to try unlock all three tiers of the Datamine for maximum rewards. On average we’re getting 6 000 eddies per successful hack and these take seconds to do.
While it might seem boring, breach everything you can once you’ve slayed out in an area.
While this is obvious for an RPG we mean everything. Unlike Fallout or Skyrim, there is no theft mechanic in Cyberpunk 2077 so when you arrive at a location, loot everything you can.
While you may be tempted to deconstruct items for crafting materials, we’ve found that happening upon gear in the open world is better than anything we crafted. Unless you are going all-in on crafting though, we recommend selling everything you pick up.
You may also acquire gear that is a higher level than you are, we recommend selling that gear on before you reach that level as we’ve found that you get slightly more eddies for it than gear that is at your level.
The only items we don’t recommend selling are Iconic weapons and Legendary Armour. Hold on to those or drop them in your stash at V’s apartment.
Gigs and Street Crimes
While you may be tempted to rush through the main missions to increase your funds, like us you might eventually run into a wall when it comes to your abilities.
While earning experience is something we’re still getting to grips with, you should be running two mission types for maximum reward.
Those two mission types are Gigs and Street Crimes.
Gigs are assigned to you by a borough’s fixer and you will receive a call or text message from that handler when you are nearby a gig. These missions are simple and require you either steal something or kill people.
The payment is comparative to other missions though these are shorter. There are also places for you to execute a Breach Protocol for even more money in these gigs.
Street Crimes appear on the map as you travel often requiring you to stop an assault or some other crime. You get paid for stopping these crimes and you get to loot the “chest” the enemies are protecting for eddies and gear that you can sell.
Ripperdocs are scattered around Night City and you will be visiting them often for upgrades.
But if you like us fixed your sights on one Ripperdoc in your early hours of the game, it’s time to switch it up.
While many Ripperdocs offer similar upgrades, for the most part their wares differ greatly. This is especially true when it comes to Legendary upgrades and you will want to find the best upgrades before you sink eddies into your body.
For example, we spent 13 000 eddies on an Operating System upgrade only to find a better, Legendary option, at another Ripperdoc a few hours later.
Our advice is to check out as many Ripperdocs as you can before making a purchase. While cyberware upgrades aren’t cheap, picking the right one can save you money in the long run.
So how well does this advice work?
In a two hour play session we were able to amass 60 000 eddies using the techniques above. It’s a bit of a grind sure but if you’re constantly running into problems with money in Cyberpunk 2077, a bit of grinding can fill your wallet up nicely.