Cyberpunk 2077 – Cyberpunk 2077: All The Endings, Ranked
Cyberpunk 2077, despite all of its problems, is still commendable for its massive size and engaging main story. Like any open-world RPG worth its weight in side-quests, there are numerous endings for V, the customizable protagonist, and Johnny Silverhand’s journey. Eight exist in all within the cyberpunk science fiction adventure. Some vary greatly from each other, while a few are minor variations.
The following list ranks them all from worst to best. Fortunately for players, it is easy to go back and experience most of these endings after beating the game once. Most of them have some sort of prerequisite, but almost all of them are obtainable from before the point of no return, so anyone who rushed through the story without engaging in side quests should not worry about missing out. It should also go without saying, but massive spoilers are abundant below.
Updated On May 27th, 2021, by Jason Wojnar: Cyberpunk 2077’s launch woes are no secret. Along with the game itself, developer CD Projekt Red has found itself steeped in controversy since the game released. The team is still rolling out updates and steadily improving the experience. Since more and more gamers are now entering Night City to see what the game is all about, this would be a good time to revisit this list. While the best ending is up to personal preference, this article should still help people see just how many endings there are in Cyberpunk 2077 and how to get the best one.
8 The “Easy Way Out”
- While contemplating on the roof, throw the pills away.
- There is no final mission and the game abruptly ends.
Like Joel from The Last of Us says, nothing about the easy way out is easy. Players can go down this path, foregoing any final mission in favor ending their life and rolling the credits on the roof.
Simply tell Johnny about another way and V throws the pills off the roof and will commit suicide. Johnny Silverhand shows disapproval, but also does nothing to interfere, understanding it is V’s choice. It is easily the saddest ending, not giving V or Johnny any hope.
7 Uploading To Mikoshi
- Opt to upload V’s consciousness to Mikoshi while on the Arasaka space station.
- This ending is only available if the player sides with Hanako.
Side with Hanako and it becomes impossible to have Johnny take over V’s body. After helping her take over the Arasaka Corporation, V has the chip removed from their head and earns their body back. After some tests, Hellman tells the protagonist they have about six months to live.
The two options presented to V are leaving the space station and living the rest of their life on Earth or uploading themselves to Mikoshi and waiting inside until Arasaka finds a way to put the consciousness into a body. Trusting the corporation may rub a lot of players the wrong way. There is also the ethical issue of stealing someone’s body for the sake of prolonged life.
6 Attack Arasaka With Rogue, Lose V
- Let Johnny temporarily take over and ask Rogue for help.
- There is an extended cutscene with Johnny Silverhand afterwards.
Taking on Arasaka with Rogue while Jonny controls V is a double-edged sword. It is awesome to fight alongside Rogue, but heading into the tower with her always ends with Adam Smasher killing her.
Considering her connection to Johnny, losing Rogue is devastating. With this in mind, choosing to have Johnny fully control V undoubtedly leaves him with some heavy guilt for having gotten her killed. The only positive here is at least Johnny lives on.
5 Siding With Hanak0, But Not Uploading To Mikoshi
- Side with Hanako and choose not to upload to Mikoshi.
- This is the worst ending to not directly involve V’s death.
Uploading V to Mikoshi is one of the worst endings because of how unsure the protagonist’s life will be after handing themselves over to an evil corporation. The alternative is not uploading V to the server and leaving the space station.
While one can judge V for siding with Hanako at all, at least she upholds her end of the bargain. However, one has to wonder if Arasaka retaining their power is a positive thing for the world. The last shot sees V in the orbital station staring at Earth. This is the worst of the endings where V lives because they have nothing to their name or any alternatives for solutions.
4 Attacking Arasaka With Aldecaldos, Losing V
- Do not let Johnny control V and receive help from Panam and the Aldecados.
- Letting Johnny take over V in the end plays out largely the same regardless of who helps attack Arasaka.
Attacking Arasaka with help from Panam and her group offers a different method of infiltration than going in as Johnny, which makes it worth doing separately. The Adam Smasher fight remains similar, only this time the monstrosity kills Saul instead of Rogue.
If the player chooses to let Johnny Silverhand take over V’s body, the ending will mostly line up with the events that would have transpired if V had attacked Arasaka with help from Rogue. Consequently, there is little incentive to play out this conclusion twice.
3 Attacking Arasaka With Rogue, Keeping V
- Have Rogue help attack Arasaka, but let V take control back of her body.
- V takes over Rogue’s bar, the Afterlife.
Playing through the attack on Arasaka with Rogue a second time is hard, because it means watching Adam Smasher kill her twice. However, the woman made her living as a hitman and always understood the risk in this line of work.
If the player has V return to their body, they take over the Afterlife bar. The epilogue sees V take a mission to go into space, with the final shot looming over their face as they float in zero gravity. V’s life will certainly end soon, but at least they became a Night City legend.
2 Attacking Arasaka With Aldecaldos And Keeping V
- Attack V with the Aldecaldos, and take out Johnny’s consciousness.
- Easily the most optimistic ending.
Of all the normal endings, this one is probably the happiest. Instead of V going off on their own and living out their life with an uncertain fate, Panam promises to help V find a way to beat the ticking clock and help them live more than six months.
Even if the Aldecaldos are unable to help V live longer, at least the protagonist can face mortality with friends. All the other endings have the hero tackling the unknown alone.
1 The Hidden (And Best) Ending
This ending is the hardest to access, and even harder to beat, though many consider it the best because of its secretive nature. If the player’s relationship with Johnny is at its peak during the decision to give control to him or not, V can wait at this dialogue option for several minutes for Johnny to offer another option.
Johnny proposes V take on Arasaka by themselves. The ensuing bout is incredibly difficult, and dying once ends the game. Beating it unlocks some specific cutscenes, but the decision at the end remains similar to the other endings where players choose between Johnny and V.
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