How to hack in Cyberpunk 2077

Everything you need to know about cracking codes in Night City.

The world of Cyberpunk 2077's Night City is crawling with all kinds of dark and unseemly people and goings on. To make it in this dystopian cityscape, your version of V will need to be on top of their game. Between navigating the city, and taking down enemies, hacking is key to your success as a street samurai. 

How to hack in Cyberpunk 2077

How to hack in Cyberpunk 2077 © CD Projekt Red
© CD Projekt Red

Hacking requires V to have a cyberdeck with quickhacks installed. During your initial training simulations, the cyberdeck will automatically be equipped for you. In the game itself, your cyberdeck and quickhacks will be up to you to monitor. To hack, open your optical scanner and aim it at the person or item you want to hack. Any item highlighted in yellow is job related and can be scanned. If an item or person can be hacked, your quickhacks selection will appear on the left side of the screen and you can scroll through to select which hacking action you'd like to take. 

Different quickhacks serve different purposes, and vary in terms of complexity and how much of your cyberdeck's RAM they take up. Some are simple, like setting off electronics to distract guards. Others are more intricate, allowing you to hack into security systems and commit further cyber-crimes through the lens of the camera. Additionally, some hacks are meant to be used offensively, like the Breach Protocol hack, which allows you to disrupt how enemy machinery and armor works with explosive results. Breach Protocol works similarly to hacking games we've seen in the past, where you have to match the sequence the program asks you to within the allotted time. 

Hacks can also be used outside of combat or stealth encounters. Occasionally there will be areas you need to access for story reasons, and the only way in is hacking. More mundane tasks still follow the same hacking procedure though: scan, then select the action you want to use. 

That's everything we know about hacking in Cyberpunk 2077. For more features and guides, click here to visit our game hub.


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