Cyberpunk 2077 Character Progression Guide: Attributes, Skills, Perks

Cyberpunk 2077 Character Progression

Cyberpunk 2077 is very complex when it comes to character progression. You have multiple factors that you need to keep in mind when making your character, assigning attributes, and getting skills and perks. In this Cyberpunk 2077 character progression guide, we are going to go over all the different aspects of character progression that you need to know about.

Cyberpunk 2077 Character Progression Explained

The following are the different factors that affect character progression in Cyberpunk 2077 what they mean and what you can expect from them:

Body Type

The body type that you select is going to affect the relationships that you can have in Cyberpunk 2077. Some characters can only be romanced if you use a male body while there are others that can only be romanced if you have a female body.


After you are down with the design of your character, you have the option to invest some points into the attributes. You can spend 7 points and you can add up to 3 points to a single attribute. If you add heavily in body and reflexes then your fighting proficiency will increase but other stats are going to be below average.

Each attribute provides unique passive bonuses and determines how much you can develop a subset of skills and perks. You will get one attribute point to invest every time you level up.

Attributes can have a major impact in Cyberpunk 2077 and how you deal with different situations. If your body attribute is 8 then you can intimidate a bouncer at a club that is not allowing you to enter. It also allows you to open doors.

Experience Points (XP)

Core progression is going to be achieved by doing gigs and missions. These reward you with experience points or XP. Complete milestones to level up and get a point that you can invest into attributes. You also get one for your perks. Higher levels and higher stats will give make you more powerful and will allow you to deal with elite enemies.

You can check V’s level and the level of your enemy in order to see whether you are going to be up for the challenge or you will get your ass handed to you if you trigger combat.


Cyberpunk 2077 has 12 different skills which begin at level 1. They are sorted into 5 subsets, each is linked to a specific attribute. Engineering and crafting skills for example come under the Technical Ability attribute. Skill levels are limited by your overall attribute levels. For example, if your Reflex stat is 3 then you can only rank up the skills to 3.

You can perform certain actions in the game that allow you to enhance your skills. Silent takedowns for example enhances your Stealth skill. Every time you skill up you are granted a reward such as perk points or bonus perks.


Each skill in Cyberpunk 2077 gives you access to a perk tree. Perks are unique bonuses that allow you to specialize in certain fields. These include stealth, weapon mastery and movement speed. Each time you level up, you get a perk point that you can invest.

While some perks are unlocked by default, in order to get better perks you need to get certain attribute levels.

This is everything that you need to know about character progression in Cyberpunk 2077. If you are interested in learning more about the game then you can check out our guide on all the romances in the game. For more content related to the game check out our Cyberpunk 2077 guides hub.

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