It's not an easy life growing up on the streets of Cyberpunk 2077's Night Life City. Not only are there a lot of people out to get you, but most of them come heavily armed. With the newest cyberware and weapons that is. While this is pretty cutting-edge tech, sometimes the best cybersecurity is a good old-fashioned melee weapon. That's right, there's nothing like a classic baseball bat or Katana's to get you through a video game's combat. But with so many alternative options in Cyberpunk 2077, how do you know which melee weapon is best for you? That's why we've got you covered with this list of the five best melee weapons in Cyberpunk 2077. So let's dive in and find out which melee weapons are best to use in the streets or outskirts of Night Life City.
If you want a deadly Katana you can get in the early hours of the game, look no further than the Satori. The blade of none other, than Saburo Arasaka himself. You can find the Satori during “The Heist” questline, and we highly recommend you take the time to grab it during this early-game mission. Because, if you do, you'll be wielding one of the best melee weapons in Cyberpunk 2077, early on, and most likely won't need a new melee weapon until late in the game.
That's because the Satori is a lightning-fast Katana, that can hit with fast bursts of damage. While it only has a 57-damage output, it makes use of it with having an Attacks Per Second of 3.85. Furthermore, it has an empty melee mod slot to help boost the damage, effect damage, and critical strike chance. We won't lie, with how fast the Satori is at slicing and dicing enemies, it's a tireless fun melee weapon throughout the game.
4. Gold-Plated Baseball Bat
Okay we know we said there are alternative options to the classic Katana and Baseball bat in Cyberpunk 2077. And while there is, which we will get to, that doesn't mean that the games renditions of these classic weapons aren't powerful because- they are. Which we illustrated by showing the Satori to you, and now, to emphasize it, even more, the Gold-Plated Baseball Bat. And although this looks like an ordinary baseball bat wrapped in gold, which it pretty much is, it's still a powerhouse of a melee weapon.
The Gold-Plated Baseball bat does a whopping 432 damage with a fully charged up swing. But you'll do just fine with basic swings as it has an Attacks Per Second of 5. It also comes with a 50% chance to apply bleeding damage and a smaller chance to hit with a stun effect. Of course, this can all be improved by modding the weapon. Nonetheless, when it comes down to it, the Gold-Plated Baseball Bat is one of the coolest-looking renditions of the classic melee weapon in video games. And, in our opinion, one of the best melee weapons in Cyberpunk 2077.
If you're looking for a melee weapon that is slicker and easier to conceal than a Katana or the Gold-Plated Baseball Bat, try the Stinger. This powerful knife may not wield as big of a blade or brunt force from its stature, but that doesn't mean it can't be just as deadly. It does a solid 344 damage, but with an even more impressive, 6.67 Attacks Per Second. That already makes the Stinger one of the best melee weapons in Cyberpunk 2077. But we haven't even told you the best part yet.
The best feature of the Stinger is that it can act as a throwing knife and, most of the time, one-shot enemies. And just when you didn't think it could get any more powerful, each hit deals chemical damage, with a 30% chance to deal Poison damage as well. So, it's pretty easy to see why it's one of the best melee weapons in Cyberpunk 2077. However, it's also the perfect choice for those who handle the streets of Night Life City, stealthily.
While the Satori is a solid Katana in Cyberpunk 2077, that is tirelessly fun to use, it starts to falter later on in the game. That's why you'll eventually need a Katana upgrade, and if you want the best late-game Katana, look no further than the Jinchu-Mari. It has a damage of 260, with an Attacks Per Second of 5. Which, already is far more deadly than the Satori. However, those stats aren't exactly why the Jinchu-Mari is one of the best melee weapons in Cyberpunk 2077.
What makes the Jinchu-Mari one of the best melee weapons in the game, is that it doe's double the damage to enemies who have double the amount of health as you. In addition to this, the last strike in the attack combo will deal 2X damage. This means, in some instances, you can hit for 4x the amount of damage. And to top it all off, the Jinchu-Mari has a 100% critical chance when the Kerenzikov implant is active. With that said, it's pretty easy to understand why the Jinchu-Mari is one of the best melee weapons in Cyberpunk 2077.
1. Caretaker's Spade
The Caretaker's Spade is the best melee weapon in Cyberpunk 2077, not just because of its performance. But also, due to the fact that it's an easter egg, or more so a memento to the Witcher series. That's right, the Caretaker's Spade is taken directly from The Witcher 3's Heart's of Stone Expansion. In this DLC, you fight a Caretaker who wields the same spade found in Cyberpunk 2077. Therefore, with reference to CD Projekt Red's work, it is safe to say that the Caretaker's Spade is not only one of the best melee weapons in Cyberpunk 2077, but also one of the coolest.
On the performance side of things, you'll have no issue with the Caretaker's Spade. It has the highest damage of all the melee weapons on this list, with 832, which makes up for its 2.50 Attacks Per Second. And just to sprinkle in some more enticing stats, the Caretaker's Spade grants back small bits of health with every hit. So, in our minds, there's no really better direction to go with melee weapons in Cyberpunk 2077 than the Caretaker's Spade, and Jinchu-Mari.