While most of the guns you loot in the aftermath of Cyberpunk 2077‘s gunfights offer little more than slight statistical advantages over similar weapons, Cyberpunk 2077‘s open-world contains a variety of iconic guns that offer advantages you won’t find anywhere else.
So if you’re tired of relying on the same selections of pistols, rifles, and shotguns, be sure to hunt down some of the best (and most enjoyable) weapons in Cyberpunk 2077.
Where to Find It: In the basement of Lizzie’s after completing The Space in Between.
This iconic weapon can be found relatively early in the game but may end up lasting you for quite some time thanks to its ability to fire additional rounds with every shot. While useful on its own, that function proves to be especially valuable when you pair it with any mods and perks that increase the damage of individual rounds.
Where to Find It: At the question mark south of the College St. metro station in Heywood.
One of Cyberpunk 2077‘s strangest weapons is this smart pistol with a built-in AI program that gives the gun its name. Not only can you set this gun to “Stone Cold Killer mode” or “Puppy-Loving Pacifist mode” (even if the pistol eventually seems to default to the latter option), but it actually scales in damage with your current level.
Where to Find It: Kill Nash and loot his corpse during the Ghost Town mission.
This incredible weapon not only boasts fairly high base DPS but comes equipped with the ability to fire numerous additional rounds in a shotgun-like pattern. Factor in its higher chance to apply poison to enemies, and you’ve got one of the most devastating late-game rifle options in Cyberpunk 2077.
Divided We Stand
Where to Find It: Complete the Stadium Love side job (or just kill everyone in the area of the quest and take it for yourself).
The side job associated with this mission fairly amusing in its own right, but the true prize really is the gun itself. This rifle’s ability to target up to five enemies at once means that players with the right mods and perks can clear entire rooms fairly quickly. That makes it especially valuable for anyone pursuing the game’s lucrative bounties and other combat-focused side jobs.
Gold-Plated Baseball Bat
Where to Find It: In the pool at Denny’s villa during the Second Conflict mission.
This item’s absurdly high base damage (especially for a non-lethal melee weapon) is honestly the only reason you need to add it to your inventory. If you’re looking for a little extra incentive, though, then look no further than this bat’s bleed effects and chance to stun the target.
Where to Find It: Save Saul during the Riders on the Storm side job.
This gun isn’t the most elaborate rifle in the game, but it’s absolutely one of the best for snipers looking for a go-to option that they can always rely on. This sniper’s incredible silencer, lightning-fast reload speed, and strong stats make it a dream come true for anyone who isn’t looking for a gun that does all the work for them.
Where to Find It: In a chest near the start of the Cyberpsycho Sighting: Phantom of Night City side job. You can also purchase this from certain Ripperdocs.
While some have pointed out that the Mantis Blades aren’t the most “optimized” melee option in the game, it’s not like Cyberpunk 2077 is an MMO where other players are focusing on percentile differences in your performance. Besides, this legendary weapon enables an entirely new way to approach melee combat by virtue of its leap ability and incredible single-target damage potential.
Malorian Arms 3516
Where to Find It: Take it from Grayson during the Chippin’ In side job.
This iconic weapon is actually Johnny Silverhand’s personal pistol. Excellent lore aside, this gun quickly distinguishes itself through its high stats, fun animations, multiple mod slots, ricochet abilities, and an incredible melee attack that sees V quickly fire off a few rounds in a cone-shaped pattern.
Where to Find It: Loot it from the room you meet Maiko and the Tyger Claw bosses in during the Pisces side job.
Granted, this isn’t necessarily the most powerful melee weapon in the game from a pure stats standpoint, but there are times when you just want a good katana by your side. This sword’s base damage is high enough for melee players to justify using it, while the katana’s electrical boost and chance to shock the enemy ensures that it has the legs to carry you into the late game if you decide to stick with it.
Genjiroh Smart Pistol
Where to Find It: After you leave the elevator during the Play it Safe side job, open the coded door to your right. You should find the pistol in there.
This truly powerful gun combines the best of the game’s shotguns and smart pistols. With its ability to fire four rounds at once and target multiple enemies, this iconic smart pistol is one of the best room clearers for any pistol-focused characters looking for a devastating way to deal “spread” damage without abandoning their preferred weapon class.