The weapon landscape in Cyberpunk 2077’s 2.0 update introduces a pivotal Tier-based system. At the heart of this system, weapons are now categorized into various Tiers rather than the previously used rarity levels.
These Tiers range from the base Tier 1 up to an advanced Tier 5++. For players particularly invested in the unique items of the game, Iconic Weapons stand out with a distinct gold background, making them easily identifiable.
Upgrading Weapons in Cyberpunk 2077
Before diving into the upgrade process, players need to be familiar with the importance of components. These components serve dual purposes: weapon upgrades and enhancements for cyberware.
As your character scales and grows within the game, so does the level of weapons and components you stumble upon. For instance, by the time you hit Level 6, Tier 2 weapons and components will become part of your loot. Push that progression to Level 12, and Tier 3 items begin to emerge.
While the in-game stores won’t offer components for purchase, there are other avenues to secure them. Exploring the vast landscapes, you might spot Airdrops in Phantom Liberty that can be grabbed for components. The more hands-on approach involves dismantling weapons in your inventory. If dismantling isn’t up your alley, Cyberpunk 2077 offers drop stations where you can offload unwanted weapons in exchange for much-needed components.
Initiating the weapon upgrade involves a few key steps. Firstly, head over to the game’s main crafting menu. Here, you’ll notice an “Upgrades” tab nestled within the Crafting panel. This is your gateway to weapon enhancement. It’s imperative that the weapon you’re looking to upgrade is stowed in your inventory.
Upgrading Iconic Weapons in Cyberpunk 2077
With the 2.0 Update, there’s a catch: Only Iconic Weapons, distinguished by their golden aura or yellow highlights, are up for upgrades. Non-iconic weapons, no matter how treasured, won’t make the cut. Upgrading these iconic pieces follows a formula based on their current Tier and the components in hand.
If your Iconic Weapons is currently at Tier 2 and you aim for Tier 2+, you’d be parting with 75 Tier 2 components. However, to push Iconic Weapons from Tier 2+ to the next Tier 3, the requirement switches to 40 Tier 3 components.
While the earlier Tiers may demand a component count ranging between 40 to 75, the more advanced stages, say transitioning a weapon from Tier 5+ to 5++, could take up a staggering 200 Tier 5 components. Given these steep requirements, it’s a strategic move to stockpile crafting materials as the game unfolds.
Upgrading in Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 is not just about having the right components; it’s also about leveraging them correctly. Each upgrade demands components of the same rarity or even higher. To elaborate, elevating a Tier 3 weapon might compel you to use either Tier 3 or the more elite Tier 4 components. The quantity can be hefty too, with some upgrades asking for a minimum of 75 crafting components.