Cyberpunk 2077 Side Missions Guide

Cyberpunk 2077 is packed to the brim with side missions and activities to complete. As the game opens up, the map of Cyberpunk 2077’s Night City can feel a little overwhelming – but I am here to make things easier for you by sharing this guide to side missions in the game.

Side missions in Cyberpunk 2077 are broken up into four major categories: Side Jobs, Gigs, NCPD Scanner Hustles, and Rides. In total, there are well over 300 side missions and activities to complete.

Many side missions will be given to you organically as you progress through the story. Others will require you to travel to the designated starting point. Let’s learn more about each type below!

Side Jobs

Side Jobs are pretty heavily tied to the events of the main narrative. They feature on-going interactions with the characters introduced in the story and expand on the relationship V has with those individuals.

Side Jobs are fairly meaty. Due to the amount of story and dialogue associated with each, the length can often be compared to some of the main questlines in Cyberpunk 2077.

Side Jobs also offers you the most amount of currency. Completing Side Jobs will offer quite a bit of XP to go towards your level progression and Street Cred.

As you progress through the main story, you’ll be introduced to a wide cast of characters.

After interacting with them, they’ll reach out via V’s cellphone and ask you to assist them on a job. Many Side Jobs are broken up into parts.

There are two things to be cautious about when looking at completing Side Jobs. The first is that many of them require some downtime between each one.

You’ll also want to keep an eye on your messages. Characters will often send texts checking in on you. Most of them are follow-ups that require no attention. However, others will require a reply to advance the plot.

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Gigs

In Cyberpunk 2077, Gigs are more of your one-and-done mission. They can be commonly found throughout each district in Night City. Upon arriving at a Gig’s location, one of the Fixers will call you to give you a little rundown on the mission.

Gigs are broken down into subcategories, each with its own icon displayed on the map:

  • Gun for Hire
  • Search and Recover
  • Thievery
  • Agent Saboteur
  • SOS: Merc Needed
  • Convoys

Some Gigs will only spawn at night while others will be available during the day. On top of that, there are 17 Cyberpsychosis Gigs to complete. You’ll come across these as you do any other Gig in the game.

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NCPD Scanner Hustles

Like Gigs, NCPD Scanner Hustles are largely throwaway missions. Again, you’ll stumble across these on the Night City map.

They appear as blue icons and can be tackled as soon as they are available. If you’re a completionist like I am, strap in. There are a whopping 156 NCPD Scanner Hustles to complete.

NCPD Scanner Hustles do receive a small bit of backstory when you’re completing them. You’ll often be contacted through your phone, which again, provides some context to what you’re doing.

These activities are mostly combat-focused. Of course, you can choose to tackle them in a way that matches your playstyle. Keeping time-sensitivity in mind, you may opt for the more direct approach just to get through them that much quicker.

NCPD Scanner Hustles can also provide some eddies. If you’re concentrating on clearing out a portion of the map at a time, you can quickly collect a nice bounty to use on purchases.

Rides

Finally, Rides are the last major category of side missions in Cyberpunk 2077. These are very passive activities in the game. Throughout your progress, Fixers will contact you and alert you to purchase one of their vehicles.

It seems as though Fixers have no shortage of new rides and they are begging to hand the keys off to you. However, everything comes at a cost.

All vehicles need to be paid for using eddies. This is where completing Side Jobs, Gigs, and NCPD Scanner Hustles comes into play.

Rides show up on your may like Gigs and NCPD Scanner Hustles do. There’s not much to it when you arrive.

If you’re looking to invest in a preem new ride, you simply walk up to the driver’s side window and pay for it. If you have the required amount of eddies, you’ll get in and be free to drive away. The Rides icon will then be taken off the map, closing out that objective.

One may argue whether or not you need 20+ vehicles at your disposal. There are more than a few flashy vehicles to pick from. However, if you’re going for that 100% completion or associated Autojack Achievement/Trophy, you’re going to want to complete all Rides.

There you have it. A full breakdown of what each side mission entails in Cyberpunk 2077. A lot of what CD Projekt Red has offered can be compelling depending on what you’re looking to gain from the game. It’s always fun, though!

Calin Ciabai

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