Cyberpunk 2077: How to Get and Use Monowire

Acquire and use the Monowire tool in Cyberpunk 2077.

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The Cyberpunk 2077 Monowire is one of several important devices available to V. With it, you’ll be able to strike numerous foes at once while also afflicting them with debilitating conditions. Luckily, finding it and adding it to your inventory isn’t all too difficult. Our guide discusses how to get and use a Monowire in Cyberpunk 2077 to eliminate your enemies with extreme prejudice.

How to Get and Use Monowire in Cyberpunk 2077

You can get Monowire in Cyberpunk 2077 by purchasing and installing the cyberware from a Ripperdoc. Simply open your map and select the Ripperdoc label to make the shop locations appear as icons. For instance, there’s Viktor, your character’s trusty pal, and likely the first Ripperdoc vendor you’ll meet.

The Monowire is a cyberware equipped in your hand slot. Various types are available, though I suggest getting one of a higher rarity, which costs around 87,000 credits. You can also find other variants, such as Toxic, Thermal, and Electrifying, all of which provide additional effects.

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How to Equip a Monowire and Quickhack

Those who own the Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty expansion will notice that Monowire has a new quickhack slot. To equip a quickhack, open your inventory and select the Monowire in the cyberware row on the left-hand side of the screen. You’ll then see a list of available Control-type quickhacks that can be slotted. Here are some examples:

  • Cyberware Malfunction: Disables enemy cyberware for 10 seconds; increases damage against the target.
  • Weapon Glitch: Causes a weapon to jam, rendering it temporarily unusable.
  • Reboot Optics: Reduces enemy accuracy in combat.
  • Cripple Movement: Disables enemy movement and cyberware that supports fast movement and dodging.

Among these choices, I prefer the Weapon Glitch quickhack since it can completely mess with enemies in combat. They certainly won’t pose much of a threat if they can’t shoot their firearms. It’s also worth mentioning that higher rarities of these quickhacks confer additional effects and modifiers.

How to Use Monowire Quickhack in Combat

To use Monowire in Cyberpunk 2077, switch to this type of tool (by default, you can press the “4” key on PC or cycle through your equipped armaments). The normal attack does a slashing move with the wire, akin to a whip, as opposed to a garrote. A charged attack, meanwhile, does multiple slashes.

Likewise, as noted earlier, playersthose with Phantom Liberty can make use of the Monowire’s quickhack slot. Once you begin the expansion’s campaign, you’ll receive +3 Relic Points from a character named Songbird. Use this to unlock the Jailbreak ability. Later, you’ll want to grab the Data Tunneling ability, too. Here are their effects in relation to the Monowire:

  • Jailbreak: Monowires gain a dedicated slot for quickhacks. Do a charge attack by holding the left mouse button, which unleashes the quickhack’s effects without costing any RAM.
  • Data Tunneling: If an enemy is affected by a Monowire quickhack, all Monowire attacks that hit that enemy, as well as others simultaneously, will spread the quickhack’s effects.
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As you can see, the Monowire is a device that’s best used for close-quarters combat. As such, getting boosts from the Body and Technical Ability attributes are ideal for improved mitigation and cyberware slots/armor, respectively. Moreover, those who also have the Phantom Liberty expansion will get the most out of this contraption.

That’s everything you need to know about how to get and use the Monowire in Cyberpunk 2077. Since you’re going toe to toe with several hostiles, you might as well learn about how to level up Solo skills. For other tips and strategies, you can check out our PL guides hub.

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