Money in Cyberpunk 2077 is everything. If you don’t have a steady supply of new upgrades coming in, later missions are much tougher. And generally speaking, the best upgrades need to be bought. With that in mind, here are some general tips to help you make cash for that new gun or mod.
Sell your excess loot
Having all those extra weapons and mods won’t do any good if you can’t use them. So take all those extra items that you’re not using to vendors and dump them. This is a good way to make money and clear up inventory clutter. And with all the loot that you can gather from side jobs and bounties, you will have plenty of cash coming in.
Be on the lookout for Drop Points as well, these are locations where you can fence goods stolen from gang hideouts for quick cash. After you’ve completed a mission, and you looted a bunch of stuff you don’t need, hit these up. Look for the Crate icons on your map to denote these. They look like large ATMs when you find them.
Crafting is good money
The weapon upgrades system in Cyberpunk 2077 is very open. You can simply slot a mod into a weapon without expending too much time and effort on it. The other side of the crafting is that you can make various pieces of gear, although the utility of crated gear drops off in later missions. You will instead be better off using the looted items, breaking them down for scrap, and then crafting them into the most valuable items you can make. This is great for getting money together when you have a ton of loot that doesn’t sell for much on its own.
Complete any and all missions
Missions are plenty in the game. Playing your way through the main campaign will get you started, but there’s so much more to be found. The looting you do on missions can also help you earn plenty of money in the game, that can then be spent on various upgrades.
When you’re out doing Bounties, keep this in mind as well. There are many different types, and the choices you make will impact the rest of the game. Become a murdering psycho and the game will treat you that way. But still, it’s a good way to make easy cash.
The Gun for Hire gigs are great for this. These bounties assign a target that often has really good loot on them, which can then be sold. They will often have high-level bodyguards around as well. So if you’re up for a challenge, this is a good way to earn a living in Night City.
NCD Missions are a great source of both cash and gear. You will often pick these up from the Scanner, directing you to a nearby hideout or hidden bounty target that needs to be taken down. You will have to fight some tough bosses on some of these, but it’s very much worth it. The loot you gather can either be sold or capped for crafting materials. You can find NCPD missions in Night City by opening up your map and finding them through the filter system. Do that and see what’s avialable.
The types of NCD Missions are as follows:
- Assault in Progress
- Suspected Organized Crime
- Reported Crime
- NCPD Scanner Hustles
Hacking for profit
Cybercrime is very profitable in this digital world, and a lot less risky. When you’re out and about in-between missions, be sure to pop off your scanner. This will highlight the hackable access points you can see around you. If you find one, engage the hacking mini-game. You can earn various rewards, including a quick infusion of funds. These are a bit rarer than some would like, but still helpful. You can even get a character upgrade that boosts payout from these by 50%.