Cyberpunk 2077: Everything You Need To Know About Monowire (And Their Upgrades)

Between the sniper rifles, baseball bats, and submachine guns, you’ll also be able to equip a cybernetic weapon to your arms in Cyberpunk 2077. There are some enticing and flashy choices, but many gamers have decided that the monowire is the best choice because it fulfills a function that no other weapon or cybernetic can fill.

The monowire is a veteran’s tool, but the game is new, so you’ll likely be confused by its unruly nature. No worries, take a deep breath and, in a few minutes, you’ll understand how you will soon be walking around Night City with a tool that citizens of all walks of life, from hackers to snipers, have come to know and respect and fear once they understand its potential.

5 Find The Legendary Monowire

Step one is obviously picking up the monowire. You can buy it, but you have to hope the vendor has it in stock, the prices are gouging, and it might not be the quality that you want. Let’s circumvent that process and find the location of a legendary monowire so you won’t have to be constantly replacing the item for the rest of the game. Thankfully, even if you’re stuck in the starting area, the best overall monowire isn’t too far away!

  • Make your way to the Watson District.
  • Find Charter Street
  • Head down the on-ramp (cars will be driving toward you).
  • Turn left on Malley Place

  • At the end of the street, head left at the Pharmaceuticals building (they probably could have used some more creativity with the name).
  • You’ll see a sign for Stephenson Technology to the left of an open garage. Hug the corner on the right and open the garage.
  • Inside, you’ll see a chest containing that legendary monowire!

You’ll still need to find a Ripperdoc to install it, but you won’t have to pay a cent. It’s nice of them to install anything you find for free, isn’t it?

4 Why Use The Monowire

With so many great melee weapons in the game, it can be hard to forfeit them in exchange for this cybernetic. It’s one of the reasons this tool has stayed a secret for as long as it has. But players are learning that there is more to it than meets the eye.

One specific deception that had the community fooled is that it looks sharp but it is technically a blunt weapon and will receive any Street Brawler perks and skills that you have. Yet, like a sharp weapon, the monowire applies bleed damage. So you’ll be getting the best of both worlds.

Though V holds the weapon like a garrote wire, it’s actually deployed like a whip in practice. The range is much farther than it appears on-screen or in the animation, but after a couple of tries, you’ll see that it has a better effective range than most shotguns.

The stamina drain is also much more friendly than using even a sleek and lightweight katana. It makes sense because it is a string after all, but it’s a nice touch that really makes the monowire shine in longer fights.

Lastly, the chance to decapitate is not just a traditional “gory” modifier tacked on to this weapon. If you proc the chance for a decapitation, then the enemy will instantly die even if your damage would not have been enough to kill it. That makes this a particularly effective option against high-threat enemies that will require multiple blows.

3 How To Use The Monowire Effectively

The description says that it will charge up while not in combat, which is accurate, but it must be equipped and wielded, not just in your items. So start from stealth and sneak up on an unsuspecting target before unleashing your first blow.

There is a drawback listed on the item and it is that the monowire has to recharge between uses to do full-strength damage. Once again, this is true, but there is a rather pleasant way to avoid this problem. The monowire will stagger most low and medium-threat targets, so you’ll be able to whip down an altered enemy before they can start shooting.

The critical hits are the secret to the whole thing. One critical hit to the head, neck, or torso region will lop off the enemy’s head and end the fight. So “reduced” damage really doesn’t matter if the target has been instantly reduced to zero health.

Ideally, combat should flow nicely by killing one enemy instantly and then stun locking any other enemies who see you do this. Whip them down until they are dead and then get back into stealth and repeat the process on the next unsuspecting targets.

2 Target Skills

Of course, almost every skill helps out a little, but leveling in this game is tough, so here are the core skills you’ll want to prioritize and why.

  • Cool – Stealth – Strike From The Shadows – Increases crit chance by 15% while sneaking. Stacking crit chance on items appears to have diminishing returns, if any at all (the community is still debating the math), but this skill adds on directly. An extra 15% chance to crit while sneaking makes it that much more likely to score one-hit instant deaths.
  • Cool – Stealth – Ninjutsu – Crouch attacks from stealth with melee weapons deal 100% more damage and guarantee a critical hit. Holy cow, this guarantees a first-hit kill on your unsuspecting, soon-to-be-headless opponents.
  • Body – Street Brawler – Flurry – Increases damage from combo attacks with blunt weapons by 50%. A combo is simply your finishing flourish (it looks like an X). You’ll be doing it a lot and it’s a perfect finisher for medium-threat targets.

The Cold Blood tree should take the remainder of your skill points, as it gives you incentives to kill lots of enemies very quickly with more speed and damage bonuses. That is right up the monowire’s alley. If you’ve got an embarrassment of riches in skills, then go ahead and start choosing blunt weapon skills in the Street Brawler branch.

1 Upgrades

You will have three slots for which to amplify your monowire. One slot only changes the type of damage done, which can be helpful if you sense an enemy weakness, but the standard physical damage is a great all-around choice. The other two options are straightforward:

  • Sensory Amplifier Mod – Increases crit chance by 10%. You could select another one, but this weapon revolves around critical hits, so don’t overthink it.
  • Monowire Battery, High-Capacity – Increases charge damage by 50%. There are other batteries that do less charge damage, but why settle? This is the best one currently in the game.

Enjoy your slicing and dicing out there!

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Hodey Johns is a writer for Game Rant based out of the Rocky Mountains in North Ogden, Utah. He’s had a passion for video games and literature since he was a child growing up along the beach in San Diego, California. As a graduate of Theology from Liberty University, he puts his experience with religion, philosophy, and debate into his work. His other interests include sports, bike riding, and good old-fashioned barbecue.

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