There are thirty-six legendary weapons available for purchase at various locations in Cyberpunk 2077. Night City isn’t exactly keen on making sure that they see your permit first, so you’ll have access to all of them eventually. In a game like Skyrim or The Witcher 3, you can look at these items in the shop, shrug, and say, “Hey, by the end of this game, I’ll be flush with cash, buy them all, and figure out which one works best.
There is some bad news on that front. Even after completing every side gig in the game and looting every single body, briefcase, and weapon container, then selling them all to a vendor, you still will not have enough to buy everything the game has to offer. So you’re going to have to budget. And with so many iconic items that can be found or crafted, you’ll be wise to pass on more guns than you buy.
Ashura – $249,429 (Not Worth It)
At a quarter of one million eddies, the Ashura is the priciest gun you can buy. As a sniper rifle, its damage is lower than most other brands and it is generally just not good enough to command the price tag that it does.
It has the smart feature, so your errant shots will sometimes find their way to the target, but who is firing errant shots with a sniper rifle?
L-69 Zhuo – $221,990 (Not Worth It)
The L-69 Zhuo has a serious problem. Smart shotguns are hilarious to use because the pellets don’t miss, so you’d think that fixing the biggest drawback of using a shotgun would make this a can’t-miss option.
The problem is that the damage is pathetic and you can easily empty an entire clip without killing certain enemies. If you like the concept behind the smart shotgun (and you should), check out the iconic Ba Xing Chong instead.
Nekomata – $203,902 (Worth It)
If other iconic sniper rifles have eluded you, you won’t be disappointed with this purchase despite the hefty price tag. The damage is a little less than the M-179E Achilles, which is a cheaper option on this list, but this carries a major advantage.
It deals an astonishing triple headshot damage. As a tech weapon, you can then triple the damage further by charging it up. Doing nine times the listed damage, it’s safe to say that not many targets will have anything above their shoulders after a single blast with this.
DB-4 Palica – $179,970 (Not Worth It)
You might be tempted to use a strong double-barreled shotgun with smart technology so that every pellet finds its mark. That’s an understandable desire, but you’ll want to keep shopping if you come across the DB-4 Palica.
Much like the L-69 Zhuo, the damage is brutally punished. One can assume this is to compensate for being a smart weapon, but it’s just too much. And with only two barrels, you’ll be reloading a lot after unsuccessfully attacking opponents. If you really want to see some two-barreled magic, look for The Headsman during your travels as a better (and cheaper) alternative.
SPT32 Grad – $179,677 (Not Worth It)
The SPT32 Grad is fighting an uphill battle against the other two sniper rifles on this list and it would likely lose that battle even if the price were knocked down by another fifty-thousand eddies.
The damage is good, but unlike the tech sniper rifles, it can’t charge, so, in practice, the damage is much lower. Also, it’s a power weapon, which is only useful if you’re shooting and missing a lot. If that’s your playstyle, please put down the sniper rifle immediately and pick up something/anything else.
Defender – $178,019 (Worth It)
The Defender is a light machine gun and it’s the only one of its kind in the entire game! It’s also without an iconic upgrade, so this is what you’ll get. Either you don’t like them or you love them. If you’re on the fence, try out the Defender and you’ll shift into the “love them” camp quickly.
The damage is great and it has the power feature, so all of those missed shots will likely be snapping back and hitting your target. It’s got the stability of an assault rifle with the firing rate of a submachine gun, so you really might consider this a worthy investment, even if only to satisfy your curiosity.
M2038 Tactician – $161,644 (Not Worth It)
The M2038 Tactician has the highest DPS of any weapon on this list, so why is it not recommended? Well, the damage isn’t an issue, the real problem is the bullet spread on this shotgun.
Shotguns have been notoriously problematic in Cyberpunk 2077 and while there are a few that fix this problem, this one isn’t on that list. You basically have to be in melee range to use it and, if that’s the case, you should really be using a melee weapon instead.
Crusher – $159,261 (Worth It)
A power shotgun that has the clip of an assault rifle? Now we’re talking. The fire rate on this thing is better than your average shotgun and, with a magazine instead of the usual shells, it’s pretty fast to reload as well.
The damage is just a teeny bit below the M2038 Tactician, but this is much better suited for fighting enemies at medium range. That versatility alone makes this a justifiable purchase.
D5 Sidewinder – $149,747 (Worth It)
The Divided We Stand iconic assault rifle is based on this gun, but this standard iteration might actually be better than that. The iconic version splits shots among multiple enemies which is supposed to be an advantage, but it often slows down the process of killing targets when they are grouped, so most players actually think this is the best assault rifle in practice.
And if you’re using an assault rifle, you will absolutely love that it’s a smart weapon; meaning that your firestorm of bullets won’t miss.
M-179E Achilles – $149,555 (Worth It)
The Widow Maker is one of the best iconic sniper rifles in the game and it’s based on this gem. If you missed it, don’t worry, you’ll still be able to get all of the one-hit kills you could ever want with this thing.
It’s a tech weapon which means you can power it up to magnify the damage. Speaking of damage, it’s higher per-shot than any other sniper rifle, so you’ll be looking to triple this already stratospheric damage number consistently.
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Hodey Johns is a writer for Game Rant based out of the Rocky Mountains in North Ogden, Utah. He’s had a passion for video games and literature since he was a child growing up along the beach in San Diego, California. As a graduate of Theology from Liberty University, he puts his experience with religion, philosophy, and debate into his work. His other interests include sports, bike riding, and good old-fashioned barbecue.
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