One of the most underdeveloped aspects of Cyberpunk 2077 is its melee combat mechanic. There are so many things that were shown in the game’s various trailers prior to its release that didn’t make it to the actual game, including several melee mechanics.


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Be that as it may, Cyberpunk 2077 does contain a couple of very decent melee weapons that players can use to tackle the various enemies they’ll encounter in and around Night City. Depending on whether or not they can handle melee gameplay properly, these weapons can indeed prove very handy, if not simply provide a very cool aesthetic to V.

Updated on October 17th, 2022 by Hodey Johns: It’s been a while since the game’s debut, complete with several patches, rebalances, and new content. Now seemed as good of a time as any to visit the iconic melee weapons that the game has so far and reevaluate them. There are now a total of fourteen iconic melee weapons, up from eleven when this list first debuted. Those have been added to this list. Additionally, more information has been provided under each section, giving players an idea of if they’d want to wield the weapon or not. If so, some light directions have been provided on how the item might be acquired. These are in alphabetical order, do not read into it as a ranking system.

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16/16 Blue Fang

As part of patch 1.6 and the New Weapons: Melee DLC, the Blue Fang is quite easy to obtain. Head on over to the melee weapon vendor in Jackson Plains and purchase it outright to get an iconic blade for just a few eddies. Some guns need elite attachments to be great, but the Blue Fang is ready to slice and dice right away.

It deals chemical damage and has a chance to poison, but that’s not what makes the Blue Fang such a hot commodity. It’s got a unique property that stuns enemies after three seconds when they get hit. Unless it’s a headshot, in which case the stun takes place after one second.

15/16 Byakko

Does a double bleed effect sound awesome? They don’t ordinarily stack, so it should sound pretty cool. Indeed, in boss fights, the Byakko is one of the few melee weapons that can get that glorious damage over time stacking in a big way.

To get the Byakko after patch 1.5, simply complete all of Wakkako’s gigs and return back home. Night City has some stunning sights, but few are as beautiful as the Byakko hitting either the sunlight or the neck of an opponent.

14/16 Caretaker’s CyberSpade

The Caretaker’s CyberSpade is a two-handed iconic melee weapon. This weapon has very high base damage. It is also decent in dealing physical damage and critical damage. It increases bleeding chance while reducing stamina cost reduction.

The weapon is located near a tree during the Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door mission. The weapon is a reference to the Caretaker, a boss found in The Witcher 3, a game also made by CD Projekt Red. Bring it back to one of V’s coolest apartments to see it shine.

13/16 Cocktail Stick

The Cocktail Stick is an iconic katana. Upon initial glance, the katana’s plain purple color makes it appear like a decoration piece, but it, in fact, cuts wonderfully. The weapon has high base damage, helpful in slashing down opponents left and right. The weapon increases its user’s physical damage, critical damage, and bleeding chance.

The Cocktail Stick can be obtained while playing the Automatic Love mission. It is located in the make-up room of the Clouds club on the upstairs level. Saving up for expensive cars is tough enough, a free iconic weapon is always welcome.

12/16 Cottonmouth

Cottonmouth is an iconic blunt melee weapon. It is classified as an Electric Baton Gamma and deals electrical and chemical damage. It also increases critical damage, poison chance, and shock chance, while reducing stamina cost reduction.

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The weapon can be found during The Space in Between main mission. It is located inside Finger’s clinic. The game does have many awesome and iconic pistols, but the Cottonmouth makes melee fighting just as viable.

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10/16 Gold-Plated Baseball Bat

Gold-Plated Baseball Bat is an iconic melee weapon. This two-handed club has a high physical damage output. It will also increase its user’s bleeding chance by 50%. Despite being a bat, this weapon has a low chance of stunning enemies.

The Gold-Plated Baseball Bat belongs to Denny, Johnny Silverhand’s bandmate from Samurai. The weapon can be found in the pool located in Denny’s villa during the Second Conflict mission. There are many mistakes that prevent players from getting the best ending, but this bat takes care of any combat situation.

9/16 Headhunter

Those who think massive headshot numbers are reserved for sniper rifles, think again. The Headhunter’s primary selling point is a massive damage multiplier when landing headshots.

The knife was added for the 1.6 Edgerunners update. Check out the melee weapon vendor in Pacifica. This is a new discovery in Night City, and well worth the trip. A few eddies is well worth the cost for gamers that enjoy melee fighting and feel left out of the headshot sphere.

8/16 Jinchu-maru

The Jinchu-maru is an iconic katana. This weapon is the purest essence of how a katana should function. No bells and whistles, just plain sharp and cold steel. The katana is better paired with the Kerenzikov implant. While that is active, the Jinchu-maru’s critical chance will increase to an astounding 100%.

The weapon can be obtained during the Play it Safe main mission. It belongs to Sandayu Oda and he will drop it off after he is defeated. Night City has some strong individuals, it’s best to come prepared.

7/16 Satori

The Satori is an iconic katana. While the katana has reduced base damage, it does have a very high critical damage multiplier. The Satori is the property of Saburo Arasaka, the CEO of the Arasaka Corporation. It is an antique katana that was forged in the early 20th century, but it is still as sharp as the day it was created.

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The weapon can be found during The Heist mission. It is located inside the chopper on the AV landing pad.

6/16 Scalpel

The Scalpel iconic melee weapon is called such because it apparently cuts with surgical precision. This weapon deals electrical damage, chemical damage, physical damage, thermal damage, and electrical damage. It is best paired with a Sandevistan cyberware. Once that implant is active, the weapon will increase the critical chance by 50% and attacks will incorporate a bleeding status.

It can be earned as a reward for completing the Big in Japan mission.

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4/16 Sir John Phallustiff

Who said gag weapons are not a thing anymore? Cyberpunk 2077 will surely prove them wrong with this weapon. Sir John Phallustiff is an iconic melee weapon and a reskinned Electric Baton Gamma. Instead of an average baton, the weapon looks like…well, it’s something the players will have to see for themselves. It’s not one of the game’s weird mods, it’s really crass and really on screen.

The weapon can be acquired during the Venus in Furs mission. To get this mission, players will have to cooperate with a character in the game named Stout during The Pickup mission.

3/16 Stinger

The Stinger melee weapon is an iconic knife. It deals an enormous amount of physical damage and also has a slight chance of applying poison to the enemies. The weapon itself may be smaller than the other melee weapons, but it can cut through flesh with absolute ease.

The weapon used to belong to a man named Scorpion, a nomad member of the Aldecaldos clan. It can be obtained as a reward for completing the I’ll Fly Away side job.

2/16 Tinker Bell

Tinker Bell is an iconic Electric Baton Gamma. It has low base damage, but it has generous electrical damage, critical damage, and shock damage. The weapon also has a chance of stunning the enemies once hit.

Tinker Bell can be acquired during The Hunt mission with River Ward. It is located inside a hidden room in Peter Pan’s farmhouse. The players will only have one chance to get this weapon as the farmhouse will be bordered up once the mission is finished.

1/16 Tsumetogi

Tsumetogi is an iconic katana. This melee weapon deals electrical damage, increases critical chance, critical damage, and has a slight chance of applying shock to opponents. It will also increase its user’s electrical resistance.

The weapon can be acquired during the Pisces side job. This mission only becomes available once the player follows through Judy’s line of missions. Once they reach the Pisces mission, this weapon can be looted from the room with Maiko and the Tyger Claw bosses.

Cyberpunk 2077 is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

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