Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Best Ending [All 4 Explained]

Explore the best ending in Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty and unlock a unique conclusion to V's story in this thrilling DLC.

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty offers four endings and the missions can take different paths based on your choices, but one ending can be considered best as it provides a satisfying conclusion to V’s story in Cyberpunk 2077.

Key Takeaways
  • There are four endings in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty.
  • The endings are influenced by a critical decision made during the Firestarter mission.
  • The best ending in my opinion is achieved by siding with Reed and sparing Songbird, which leads to a unique conclusion in Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty.
  • The choice of the best ending is subjective and depends on the player’s preferences and priorities.
Important: This content contains plot details and information about different endings in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty DLC. Please proceed with caution or avoid reading further.
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All Endings In Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty

In the Phantom Liberty DLC for Cyberpunk 2077, there are four endings. Two of these endings are variations of the same path, but they are distinct enough to be considered separate endings because they result in significantly different outcomes for key characters in the story.

Songbird or Reed Siding for best ending
Siding with Songbird or Reed [Image by eXputer]
During the Firestarter mission in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty, you’ll face a critical decision. The choice will impact the final storyline arc, including the concluding missions and the iconic weapon rewards you receive. 

You have two options:

  • Help Songbird escape: Choose “I’m with you.”
  • Help Reed capture Songbird: Choose “One more second.”

Siding With Songbird

If you decide to help Songbird escape in the Firestarter mission, you’ll progress to the final mission known as The Killing Moon. The objective is to secure a spaceport for Songbird, allowing her to board a shuttle to a lunar facility.

Siding with Songbird
Siding with Songbird [Image credit: eXputer]
However, during the train car ride, you will realize Songbird’s true intentions. It seems she might have been deceiving V to find a cure for herself.

At the moment, you have two choices:

  • Pick up Songbird: Choose “Time to go” or “Wake the hell up.”
  • Call Reed: Select “Reed will take care of you.”

Defending Songbird

To achieve the Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty ending where you pick up Songbird and carry her to the shuttle, follow these steps.

Reed’s Standoff

  1. Reed will warn you if you get too close. If you persist in approaching him, he’ll shoot you dead.
  2. Reed wants you to lay Songbird down. If you keep refusing and assert that he’ll have to kill you, he’ll indeed shoot you.
  3. Once you lay Songbird down on the platform, you’ll continue talking to Reed.

Confrontation Options

Killing Reed
Killing Reed [Image by eXputer]
  1. Choosing for “Draw Weapon” option will cause you to aim at Reed. 
  2. You’ll have only a few seconds to shoot and kill him.
  3. Selecting other responses will prolong the tense standoff. 
  4. Reed will then give you three seconds to surrender, ultimately forcing you to eliminate him.

After Reed’s Demise

Songbird on a Shuttle to Lunar Facility
Songbird on a Shuttle to Lunar Facility [Screenshot Grab: eXputer]
  1. With Reed dead, you can pick up Songbird again and proceed to take her to the shuttle.
  2. V and Johnny will watch as the shuttle departs, presumably to cure Songbird of the Blackwall’s corruption.
  3. You may also grab Reed’s iconic weapon, the Pariah, which can be found next to his corpse.

Ending Outcome

Ending Outcome
Ending Outcome leading to Night City [Image by eXputer]
The ending won’t lead to V finding a cure. Instead, you’ll simply return to Night City, with the remaining ending options from the base game (e.g., Nocturne Op55N1 and meeting Hanako Arasaka onward). 

Surrender Songbird

Surrendering Songbird to Reed
Surrendering Songbird to Reed [Image credit: eXputer]
To achieve the Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty ending where you surrender Songbird to Reed, follow these steps:

  1. While in the train car, choose to call Reed. Then, give up Songbird once he emerges from the shuttle.
  2. Alternatively, you can pick up Songbird. During the standoff, keep talking to Reed.
  3. When you see the option [Holster weapon], select it: “All yours, but you’ll help me live on.”
Reed Carrying Songbird to Transport Craft
Reed Carrying Songbird to Transport Craft [Screenshot Grab: eXputer]
  1. Reed will carry Songbird to the nearby NUSA transport craft.
  2. You can tell him to keep his end of the bargain.
  3. The action unlocks a new ending for the Cyberpunk 2077 main campaign. 
  4. You’ll no longer need to complete tasks related to Nocturne Op55N1 and Arasaka HQ.
Waiting for Reed to Contact you cyberpunk 2077 phantom liberty best ending
Waiting for Reed to Contact you [Image credit: eXputer]
The choice sets a new direction for your character’s journey in the Cyberpunk 2077 storyline.

Siding With Reed

Songbird or Reed Siding cyberpunk 2077 phantom liberty best ending
Siding with Songbird or Reed [Image by eXputer]
If you decide to help Reed capture Songbird in the Firestarter mission, you’ll experience a different sequence of missions in the Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty DLC.

  • Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos: Your objective here is to eliminate the MaxTac forces guarding Songbird.
  • Somewhat Damaged: In the mission, you’ll infiltrate the Cynosure facility while avoiding a deadly Cerberus robot. You’ll also discover the blueprints for the Erebus iconic weapon and the Militech Canto Mk6 cyberware.
Kill or Spare Songbird
Kill or Spare Songbird [Image by eXputer]
At the conclusion of the Somewhat Damaged mission, you’ll reach the core of the facility where Songbird is hiding. She’s in a weakened state and requests that you end her life.

You’ll have two choices:

  • Kill Songbird: Choose to end her life.
  • Spare Songbird: If you decide not to kill Songbird immediately, you’ll be presented with options in the next dialogue prompt.

Spare Songbird

If you decide to help Reed capture Songbird in the Firestarter mission, it will lead to a mission called “Leave in Silence.” During the mission, you and Reed will transport Songbird back to the NUSA’s border.

Here’s what happens next:

Songbird in a weakened state cyberpunk 2077 phantom liberty best ending
Songbird in a weakened state [Image credit: eXputer]
  1. President Myers will make an appearance and award you a medal. It’s unclear whether taking the oath early in the campaign is necessary, but she does mention it.
  2. Reply to Myers with: “What now? What about the help I was promised?”
  3. Afterward, talk to Reed and witness Songbird being airlifted. Reed will promise to contact you at a later time.

Killing Songbird

Reed is saddened by the Songbird death
Reed is saddened by the Songbird’s death [Screenshot Grab: eXputer]
If you choose to kill Songbird during the “Leave in Silence” mission, the same scenes from that mission will play out, but there are a few significant differences.

Myers breaks her promise too cyberpunk 2077 phantom liberty best ending
Myers breaks her promise with V [Screenshot Grab: eXputer]
  1. Reed will be saddened by Songbird’s death.
  2. President Myers will break her promise to find a cure for V. 
  3. It happens because your mission was to bring Songbird back alive, and you didn’t fulfill that requirement.

Point Of No Return

After helping Songbird escape in the Firestarter mission, wait for Reed to call you. The call can take a few in-game days, so you may need to skip time.

Meeting Reed after the Mission
Meeting Reed after the Mission [Screenshot Grab: eXputer]
When Reed calls, meet him at the designated location:

If you aided Songbird in Firestarter:

  • Surrender Songbird to Reed in The Killing Moon mission.
  • Complete the mission “Through Pain to Heaven.”
  • Meet Reed at a gas station.
  • Have a conversation with Reed and learn about the upcoming operation.

If you supported Reed in capturing Songbird during Firestarter:

  • Spare Songbird in Somewhat Damaged mission.
  • Progress through the mission “Four Score and Seven.”
  • Locate Reed at the basketball court in Dogtown.
  • Speak with Reed, and he’ll discuss preparations for your cure.

Regardless of your choice in the Firestarter mission, you’ll proceed to a mission called “Who Wants to Live Forever.” Go to the rooftop of Misty’s Esoterica as marked on your map. The mission is a Point of No Return.

Point of No Return cyberpunk 2077 phantom liberty best ending
Point of No Return [Image by eXputer]
After completing “Who Wants to Live Forever,” you’ll be taken to a hospital, which leads to the new ending. Please note that once you reach the point, you won’t be able to explore the rest of Night City.

New Ending

Waking up after Coma cyberpunk 2077 phantom liberty best ending
Waking up after Coma [Image credit: eXputer]
The new ending in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty has several key points, where V has been cured, which means no more Soulkiller or Johnny Silverhand. However, V’s cyberware implants have been removed. Trying to use combat implants could be fatal. Solomon Reed offers V a job, but it’s declined.

The operation puts V in a two-year coma. Upon waking up, you can call your old companions and catch up on what happened during your absence. The epilogue sees V returning to Night City and meeting with Viktor and Misty. V can no longer use most cybernetic implants, making them a regular person with no combat abilities.

There are post-credits scenes involving various characters, and Reed mentions that Songbird is alive but out of contact, hinting at regret for his actions. The ending presents a bittersweet conclusion for V in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty.

Which Is The Best Ending In Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty?

Songbird or Reed Siding for best ending
Siding with Songbird or Reed [Image by eXputer]
The best ending in Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty in my opinion is when you choose to side with Reed and spare Songbird. The choice opens a new ending, bypassing the need for “Nocturne Op55N1” and “Arasaka HQ” tasks. It provides a unique conclusion to V’s journey, adding value for players who’ve seen the other endings.

Nevertheless, the ending in Phantom Liberty is subjective, and there isn’t a clear “best” or “good” ending. Each path has its own advantages and disadvantages, so your choice should align with your preferences and priorities.


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