Some of the best melee weapons available in the Cyberpunk 2077 universe are katanas. When combined with the appropriate mods and abilities, these quick and cutting blades deal a lot of damage and turn players into fierce opponents. With so many katanas to pick from—both common and legendary models obtained via certain missions—it’s imperative for any player who enjoys swordplay to know which ones are the best and where to find them.
Best Katanas In Cyberpunk 2077 And Where To Find Them
|Buy from Coach Fred at Megabuilding H10 in Little China or craft it.
|— Attack speed: 5 strikes/second
— Available in Rare, Epic, and Legendary variants
— Weighs 4.5 pounds (2.04 kilogram)
— Crafting requires Level 18 in Crafting, Edgerunner Artisan Perk, and various item components
|Found in V’s stash at the start of the game (GOG version).
|— Attack speed: 2.91 strikes/second
— Up to four mod slots at Legendary rarity
— Unique design referencing The Witcher 3
|Acquired during the Automatic Love questline.
|— Base damage: 63
— Attack speed: 2.9 strikes/second
— DPS: 191
— Comes with bonuses to Physical damage, Critical Damage, and chance to cause Bleeding
— Can be upgraded to Epic and Legendary with Grease Monkey and Edgerunner Artisan perks, respectively, and item components
|Found on the landing pad inside the AV on the roof during The Heist.
|— Attack speed: 5 strikes/second
— Base damage: 145 per strike
— DPS: 728.4
— Perks include Chemical, Electric, Physical, and Thermal damage bonuses
— Upgrading to higher tiers involves Grease Monkey and Edgerunner Artisan perks and item components
|Found during the Pisces Side Job.
|— Attack speed: 5 strikes/second
— Base damage: 150 per strike
— DPS: 754.4
— Perks include Electrical Damage, Electrical Resistance, Critical Hit Chance, Critical Hit Damage, and the chance to inflict Shock
— Effective against robotic enemies vulnerable to Shock effects and Electrical damage
— Upgrading to Epic and Legendary is possible with the appropriate perks and components
|Found on the landing pad inside the AV on the roof during The Heist.”
|— Attack speed: 4.8 strikes/second
— Base damage: 111
— DPS: 536.9
— Abilities increase critical hit chances and damage, especially effective against bosses or high-health enemies
— Upgrading to Legendary requires Edgerunner Artisan perk and additional item components
|Dropped by Oda during the main quest, Play It Safe.
|— Attack speed: 3.85 strikes/second
— Base damage: 57
— DPS: 221
— Unique perk significantly boosts Critical Hit Damage
— Upgrading to Epic and Legendary status requires the Grease Monkey perk and various item components.
|Reward for completing all of Wakako Okada’s side gigs.
|— Allows players to leap into battle with increased effectiveness
— Inspired by the anime, adding to the game’s appeal
— Details on specific perks and attack stats not provided in the text provided.
1. The Essential Katana
The standard Katana in the game is a quick weapon to use in battle, with five strikes per second. There are three versions available: Rare, Epic, and Legendary. Each has a different color scheme and design. It’s a great option for close quarters combat or covert takedowns because it weighs just 4.5 pounds (2.04 kilogram). The Standard Katana is a great place to start for people experimenting with different play styles because it offers a standard against which other special katanas can be measured. Purchasing Blades perks turns into a profitable move if you appreciate the quick cutting action.
Acquiring the Standard Katana
Throughout the game, opponents wield Katanas in both Rare and Epic forms; the latter is more uncommon. There are two ways that players can get a Legendary Katana:
- Purchase from Coach Fred at Megabuilding H10 in Little China.
- Craft it yourself, which requires:
- Level 18 in Crafting
- Edgerunner Artisan Perk
- 25 Rare Item Components
- 15 Epic Item Components
- 2 Legendary Item Components
2. The Black Unicorn
The Black Unicorn is a unique variation of the standard Katana, with a slightly slower attack rate of 2.91 strikes per second and an exclusive design. With Legendary rarity, it provides four mod slots, which is a modest advantage. With this katana, CD Projekt Red pays homage to The Witcher 3, demonstrating their meticulous attention to detail and passion for their work. It is an accessible weapon for early gameplay because it is available right away in V’s Stash.
How to Claim the Black Unicorn
Cyberpunk 2077 is playable on GOG with the Black Unicorn. At the start of the game, owners of this version will find the katana in V’s stash. You can also obtain this fashionable weapon by connecting a GOG account to the game.
3. The Cocktail Stick
With a purple blade that has base damage to 63 and an attack speed of 2.9 strikes per second, this iconic katana, also known as the Cocktail Stick, has a strong DPS of 191. It has various advantageous qualities.
- +40-49 Physical damage boost
- +18% Critical Damage increase
- +10% chance to cause Bleeding
Though not the fastest, its damage output and bleeding effect make it a valuable early game weapon for Blade builds.
How To Get the Cocktail Stick
During the Automatic Love questline, players should aim to be at least level eight to acquire the Cocktail Stick. The quest involves:
- Contacting Judy Alvares
- Meeting her at Lizzie’s bar
- Retrieving Evelyn’s Cigarette Case from Megabuilding H8
After making sure you have $700 for the quest and navigating through a number of different areas and interactions, Evelyn’s dressing room is where you’ll find the Cocktail Stick. It takes a collection of item components and the Grease Monkey and Edgerunner Artisan perks, respectively, to upgrade it to the Epic and Legendary tiers.
4. The Scalpel
The Scalpel is a precision Katana with a swift attack rate of five strikes per second and high base damage to 145 per strike, leading to a DPS of 728.4. It boasts additional damage perks, including Chemical, Electric, Physical, and Thermal damage bonuses, making it versatile against various enemy types.
How to Acquire the Scalpel
The Scalpel is rewarded after completing the Side Job “Big In Japan.” Players will need to:
- Visit the Afterlife during Act 2
- Accept a job from Dennis
- Navigate to Kabuki and complete the task
Upgrading the Scalpel to higher tiers involves the Grease Monkey and Edgerunner Artisan perks and a set of item components.
5. The Tsumetogi
The Tsumetogi offers a rapid attack speed and base damage to 150 per strike, resulting in a DPS of 754.4. Its perks enhance its effectiveness, especially against robotic enemies susceptible to shock effects and Electrical damage.
Obtaining the Tsumetogi
This katana is easiest to find when completing the Pisces Side Job. After various interactions and completing certain tasks, players can find the Tsumetogi in Maiko’s office. Upgrading to Epic and Legendary tiers is straightforward with the appropriate perks and components.
6. The Jinchu-Maru
The Jinchu-Maru is an exceptional Katana with an attack speed of 4.8 strikes per second and base damage to 111. Its DPS of 536.9 is further augmented by abilities that increase critical hit chances and damage, especially effective against bosses or high-health enemies.
How to Get the Jinchu-Maru
During the main quest “Play It Safe,” players will:
- Receive a call from Takemura
- Navigate through Japantown Market and eliminate threats
- Engage in a boss fight with Oda
Upon defeating Oda, the Jinchu-Maru katana is dropped. Upgrading it to Legendary requires the Edgerunner Artisan perk and additional item components.
7. The Satori
The Satori is arguably the best Katana in Cyberpunk 2077, with a unique perk that significantly boosts Critical Hit Damage. While its base DPS may not seem impressive, its critical hit potential is unmatched.
Securing the Satori
To obtain the Satori, players must complete “The Heist” quest. This involves:
- Meeting with Dex in Afterlife
- Following a series of steps during the heist
The Satori is found on the landing pad inside the AV on the roof. Upgrading to Epic and Legendary status requires the Grease Monkey perk and various item components.
8. The Byakko
Introduced in the 1.5 Edgerunners Update, the Byakko is a unique katana that allows players to leap into battle with increased effectiveness. Its design and capabilities are inspired by the anime, adding to the game’s appeal.
How to Obtain the Byakko
The Byakko is a reward for completing all of Wakako Okada’s side gigs. Players must finish a series of missions to claim this powerful weapon.