Best Cyberpunk 2077 Lifepaths [Pros & Cons]

One must know how lifepaths impact your playstyle in the game & which is the best lifepath.

Your custom-made character V in Cyberpunk 2077 is an essential element of the game, and deciding on the best Lifepath for them can drastically affect your playthrough of Cyberpunk 2077 in more ways than one. Once you clear the prologue, however, all three Cyberpunk 2077 Lifepaths converge into a single route where you start from rock bottom. But it’s important to know that they each provide their distinctive style and storytelling elements during the first opening hour.

Key Takeaways

Three main paths in Cyberpunk 2077 offer unique prologue sections based on your chosen Lifepath for V: Street Kid, Nomad, or Corpo.

  • Choose your Lifepath at the beginning: Street Kid and Nomad are the most popular options.
  • Corpo Lifepath puts you at the top, using intellect to succeed with corporate NPCs, but facing challenges with psychotic gangs.
  • Nomad Lifepath grants early access to guns and an understanding of weapons and gun mechanics, allowing for easier side missions before the main storyline.
  • Street Kid V is street-smart and quick, gaining cordial interactions due to experience in Night City, but may not suit players seeking a challenging game style.

Each Lifepath in Cyberpunk 2077 has its pros and cons, catering to individual player preferences and gaming styles

What Are Lifepaths & How They Impact In Cyberpunk 2077

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The Lifepaths of Cyberpunk shape your character’s persona [Image Captured by me]
There are three main paths you can choose in Cyberpunk 2077. Each of these offers a special prologue section focused solely on the life path you chose for V. Most importantly, they can influence your dialogue options when talking to NPCs during the gigs or many quests scattered throughout Night City.

  • They represent the historical background of your character on their bizarre adventures.
  • They do not impact your intimacy with partners at all, such as romancing Judy in Cyberpunk 2077, and can offer exclusive dialogue options.
  • It is also worth noting the game may also provide a different version of Jackie Welles through your first hour, V’s best friend and partner in crime, whose motorcycle you can also obtain later in the game.

With that in mind, all three lifepaths in Cyberpunk 2077 are special in their way.

  • They all offer extraordinary beginnings, and no life path ever feels the same in any circumstances.
  • There isn’t any typically best path you should follow as essentially they all intersect into one single experience of V hitting total rock bottom and starting over from the beginning.

Corpo Lifepath

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Corpo V Cyberpunk 2077 [Image Credit: Me]
The Corpo Lifepath kickstart your V’s journey at the Arasaka Tower. Where you can get an early involvement with some corporate degenerative NPCs and get to know them briefly as they try to take down their rivals.

  • The Corpo lifestyle will let you extract any intel or tip during various dialogue options with ease.
  • The elite business mindset of V lets you exploit people no matter who can get in your way.
  • As Corpo V, you understand that you need to do whatever it takes to get results, and there’s no such thing as playing fair in this dog-eat-dog world.

During your ventures around Night City, you can swiftly pull the tricks on some of the other corpo fixers you meet to gain their likeability and favor.

  • Easily familiarize yourself with Corpo NPCs.
  • Utilize your corpo intellect for success in dialogues and quests with upper-class NPCs.
  • Ideal for beginners seeking high-stakes scenarios.
  • You will face downsides in run-ins with psychotic gangs in Night City and tribes in the badlands.
  • Gaining Johnny Silverhand’s friendship may prove to be a minor headache.

Nomad Lifepath

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Nomad V Cyberpunk 2077 [Image Taken by Me]
The Nomads will warn V of the crippling addiction to power before you venture out into the City, making this an ideal life path if you’re looking for the most lion-hearted and sincere personality.

  • It’s intriguing to get a layout of the Sahara desert-like region before you are pulled into the madness of the big city.
  • Then there are quests and characters that will be specifically exclusive to your backstory too.
  • The Nomad dialogue options will let you score some easy negotiations in key story moments, thanks to your proficiency and prowess from living with the Tribe.

So it is an ideal beginner lifepath for new or confused players. This is also the lifepath I personally picked during my first playthrough.

  • Familiarize yourself with weapon mechanics before even entering Night City.
  • Get accustomed to the outskirts of Night City as well early on.
  • None.

Street Kid Lifepath

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Street Kid V Cyberpunk 2077 [Image Credit goes to me]
The Street Kid V knows the city like the back of their hands. They are street-smart and quick-witted in most encounters. 

  • Street Kid V is always up to date on those situations, so they can easily get on a possible neutral or, even in most cases, the good side of the City’s many NPCs.
  • This lifepath will begin your adventure in the El Coyote Cojo Bar in Heywood. It is where you will meet Padre, a familiar friend of V who will start your first Job.

You start off having pre-established relationships with friendly NPCs. Eventually, having these various connections to the criminal empire will prove beneficial in the long run.

  • Most NPCs in-game will be friendly.
  • Handle intense dialogues in a better manner.
  • The ideal life path for casual players.
  • Corpo NPCs are hostile to you by default.

Most Popular Lifepath in Cyberpunk 2077

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The official poll from CD Projekt Red for favorite Lifepath

According to many people who discussed the game a year after its release and even now. The most popular Lifepath boils down between Nomad and Street Kid. 

They are both equally the most popular Cyberpunk 2077 lifepaths, as seen from an official fan vote poll on CD Projekt Red’s Twitter.

The Best Lifepath

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The best Lifepath in Cyberpunk 2077 comes down to you [Image Taken by Me]
Ultimately you should not be widely concerned with the best Lifepath as I have already said all three may offer a completely unique experience between each playthrough. All three will generally differ in presenting you with dialogue options for key story moments.

Objectively speaking, there is no one-fits-all option. The game is meant to be played and replayed multiple times before a player gets tired of it. This is because Cyberpunk 2077 offers hundreds of hours of playtime with many missions, side missions, and many NPCs to interact with.

This concludes my in-depth guide for the best lifepaths in Cyberpunk 2077. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments box, and I hope you enjoy your first-time rise to glory in Cyberpunk 2077!


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