Of all the Attributes in Cyberpunk 2077, Cool arguably received the most interesting rework. The 2.0 update brought plenty of changes to the game, and the Phantom Liberty DLC brings even more. Cool is the defining stealth attribute, so if you intend on sneaking your way through the game, look no further. It’s also the go-to Perk tree for Snipers and Throwable Weapons. Whether you prefer sneaking around or just want some new tricks for your throwing knives, Cool has you covered. This is the best the game has ever been, so make sure you’re grabbing Perks that do it justice. Here are the best Cool Perks in Cyberpunk 2077, ranked from great to indispensable.
6. Killer Instinct
Killer Instinct is one of the best Perks for anyone running an assassin build. This Perk grants you +25% damage with knives, axes, and silenced guns outside of combat. +25% is a solid buff in general, but it’s exceptional for stealth attacks that already benefit from other modifiers. Use Killer Instinct to line up a headshot on an unsuspecting foe, and the odds are they drop in just one or two blasts. Killer Instinct also provides you with a preview of estimated damage before you take your shot, making it easier to make decisions before committing. Offering a damage buff and solid utility in one package is a great deal, making Killer Instinct one of the best Cool perks in Cyberpunk 2077.
5. Gag Order
Another potent stealth perk, Gag Order makes it so landing an attack on an enemy right after they detect you delays detection by other nearby enemies. Your window to act is brief, but having any buffer between detection and alarm is a mercy. Though Gag Order is most beneficial for new players still learning the ropes of their stealth build, even experienced killers can benefit from this Perk. Jobs have a way of going wrong in Night City, and Gag Order acts as a safety net in case you are discovered and have no other way to correct. Pair it with a Sandevistan for a second buffer against detection, slowing down time and giving you a few extra seconds to come up with a plan before the shooting starts.
Deadeye ranks amongst the best Cool perks in Cyberpunk 2077 for several reasons. This three-level perk affects Pistols, Revolvers, Precision Rifles, and Sniper Rifles, giving you considerable flexibility for a single Perk Point. At Level 1, Deadeye grants +10% headshot and weakspot damage. At Level 2 it reduces the Stamina cost for shooting by -25%. Level 3, however, is where the real value lies. At Level 3, Deadeye unlocks Deadeye mode, which activates when your Stamina is above 85%. When in Deadeye mode, you gain +20% headshot damage, +20% weakspot damage, and have no bullet spread. This combo of buffs seriously improves your ranged DPS, which is an easy pick for everything except a melee build.
Throwable Weapons is an unusual category of weapons, and some players won’t get the appeal. Those who do enjoy these simple weapons, however, will find a lot to like about the Cool tree’s 2.0 update. Juggler is a three-level perk that offers -15% recovery time for Throwable Weapons at Level 1. At Level 2 it grants +20% headshot and weakspot damage with Throwables. At Level 3, Juggler grants an instant Cooldown reset for all Throwable Weapons after neutralizing an enemy with a Throwable via headshot, Crit Hit, or Poison. This combo makes it easy to spam throwing knives, minimizing your downtime between throws, and even eliminating your cooldown altogether. If you want to be showoff and have the DPS to back it up, Juggler is one of the best Cool perks in Cyberpunk.
2. Style Over Substance
Style Over Substance is a wonderfully misnamed Perk, because it offers style and substance in equal measure. It sits at the top of the Cool tree, so you’d expect something special. You’d be right. This Perk guarantees Critical Hits with Throwable Weapons as long as you’re crouch-sprinting, sliding, dodging, or Dashing. It also eliminates the movement speed penalty associated with aiming a Throwable Weapon. This combination encourages players to stay on the move and keep their weapons flying even when transitioning over or around obstacles. The result is a ballet-like fighting style capable of tearing even the toughest Barghest in Dogtown to pieces.
1. Nerves of Tungsten-Steel
Nerves of Tungsten-Steel isn’t just one of the best Cool perks, it’s one of the best perks in Cyberpunk 2077 overall. Whenever Deadeye is active, this perk guarantees Critical Hits for headshots and weakspots. It also increases damage as distance increases, to a max of +25%. Combine this with a good Sniper and some other buffs for maximum results. Nerves of Tungsten-Steel provides some of the highest and most dependable DPS in the game, so if you’re interested in maximizing your lethal potential, it’s a great pick. While it isn’t one of the most stylish, its power still makes it one of the best Cool perks in the game.
Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty will be available for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S on September 26.