Cyberpunk 2077 levelling and objectives explained

CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 is now available and there are ways to levelling up V fast throughout the game’s campaign. As you play through Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll be able to increase your Street Cred level and V’s core level, and gain Attribute and Skill points. These can then be used to customize the ways V approaches dialogue, combat, and other elements of gameplay.

In this guide, we’ll explain the differences between Street Cred and Attributes in Cyberpunk 2077, and why they are important to your progression. Additionally, we’ll go through the most effective way to level up V.

Cyberpunk 2077 level systems

In Cyberpunk 2077, V’s levelling system is broken into two major categories. The first is Street Cred, which is more passive and represents V’s reputation when interacting with characters and vendors. A higher Street Cred will open up new options for obtaining special weapons, new implants, and more.

V’s core level is the second levelling system at play and directly ties to V’s build, as it rewards you with Attribute and Skill points. If you’re hoping to play a more melee-focused V, or roleplaying as a Netrunner, Attribute points are what you want to pay the most attention to.

You can find your current Street Cred and core level by navigating to the Character menu screen. In the top right, you’ll see V’s current level highlighted in blue. Street Cred is to the right in green text. The max level for V is capped at 50. The same goes for V’s Street Cred. Once you have hit 50 on each, the level progression system is effectively over for you. Congrats!

If you’re curious to know how far you have until you hit your next level, you have to do a bit of digging. The level tracker is strangely located in the Inventory menu under Stats. Here, you’ll see a breakdown of V’s armor and health. In the top corner, you’ll see how far you are from reaching the next level.

Because Street Cred is passive, you won’t have to fixate too much on it, as increasing it will only affect the ability to purchase better items. Instead, the character screen is designated to  Attribute and Skill points. Each time you level up, you’ll be granted one Attribute point and one Skill point.

There are five Attribute categories available: Body, Reflexes, Technical Ability, Intelligence, and Cool. Each Attribute category maxes out at 20. However, over the course of the game, you’ll only gain a total of 50 points. Therefore, it’s important to think of how you want to play as V. It is impossible to max each Attribute.

The same goes for Skill points. Investing Skill points into the categories within Attributes will provide stat increases and buffs. You’ll only have access to 50 points across the game, so use them wisely.

How to level up effectively

Levelling up in Cyberpunk 2077 isn’t as complicated as one may think. The process to gain XP is streamlined considerably, and boils down to completing major and minor objectives.

Cyberpunk 2077 offers Main Jobs to thrust the narrative forward. Additionally, Side Jobs and Gigs are also provided. These will act as side missions and more ancillary content to complete. Those are entirely optional.

The easiest, most efficient way to level up is to take on and complete more Main Jobs. These missions will provide the largest sum of XP to go towards your level and Street Cred. However, because these are more story-focused, they are also more time-consuming.

On the other hand, Side Jobs and Gigs will provide less XP overall, but are faster to complete. Side Jobs are still character-focused, but less time consuming than Main Jobs. These will naturally be brought to the table so you can decide when you want to tackle them. Characters you meet throughout the game will contact you and request your help. You can track which Side Jobs you have open via your Journal.

Gigs are your more supplemental content. They are very loosely structured around the story, so you can also complete them whenever you see fit. You will find Gigs on your map. They are the yellow and blue icons spread across each district. Again, they offer minimal XP. Though, they are so accessible and easy to complete that it won’t take too much time away from your next main objective.

It’s also worth pointing out that the amount of XP is tied to the difficulty you’re playing on. Playing Cyberpunk 2077 on harder difficulty will offer more XP. Though, you should have no problem levelling up even when playing on Easy.

That’s all there is to it. Cyberpunk 2077 includes quite a few options on levelling up fast. On top of that, there are more than enough ways to customize your V using the available Attribute and Skill points given when you level up.

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Steve Vegvari

Steve is based in Toronto, Ontario. His adoration for everything gaming began very early on in the SNES-era. He’s gone on to write honest content around the web. While not writing about games, Steve is often looking for the next big narrative-driven title. Something with an impactful story, regardless of genre or platform. Bonus points if it has an appealing achievement/trophy list!
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