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Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty — Can You Beat the Cerberus Robot in Somewhat Damaged

Sneak around until you can bring down this deadly mech in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty. Here's how to beat Cerberus.

Get ready to beat the Cerberus Robot in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty. This hulking mechanized opponent might be the toughest one that you’ll face in the campaign. That’s because it only takes a single hit to kill your character. Our guide discusses the Somewhat Damaged mission where you encounter this foe, as well as how you can complete all the objectives successfully. Likewise, please be reminded that this article contains spoilers.

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How to Beat the Cerberus Robot in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty

To beat the Cerberus Robot in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty, you must complete all the main objectives in the Somewhat Damaged mission so you can disable the core. Here’s a quick summary:

  • The Somewhat Damaged mission becomes available only if you chose to help Reed capture Songbird in Firestarter. This leads to the Colonel Hansen boss fight.
  • After that, you need to complete the Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos mission.
  • When you’re done with that part, you’ll chase after Songbird as part of Somewhat Damaged. Soon, you’ll arrive at the lower levels of the Cynosure facility.
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How to Stealthily Avoid the Cerberus Robot

Make no mistake, the Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Cerberus Robot is a frustrating foe. Here’s what I’ve noticed:

  • In the initial area, you have to disable the Alpha, Bravo, Sierra, and Victor terminals. All of these except the Bravo terminal simply involve jacking in with your personal device to complete a hacking minigame.
  • The second terminal, Bravo, requires you to uncouple the cords. That’s also when the Cerberus Robot appears. You’ll escape it easily at that instance, but it will continue to stalk you around the facility.
  • If the Cerberus is close, your screen will glitch out, implying that the Blackwall AI corruption is getting more intense. That’s your cue to crouch and hide behind obstacles or inside rooms.
  • The mech has a scanner “eye,” and it will easily spot you. If it gets too close, it will instantly kill V by impaling them.
  • I also suggest waiting until the coast is clear. That’s because there are segments where manual saving doesn’t work. As such, I had to wait until an autosave was triggered. I can guarantee that there will be frustrating moments when the robot might kill you, but the last autosave was several minutes prior.
  • Likewise, I advise you to keep your eyes peeled for iconic item blueprints, such as the Erebus weapon and Militech Canto Mk.6. You can only obtain these in this particular level.
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How to Disable the Core

After getting past the main door, you’ll find yourself in a long hallway. Songbird will tell you to run, and it’s imperative that you do so. Sprint to the far end of the corridor, click on the panel to open the door, then immediately click on the next panel to cycle the airlock. If you’re too slow, the robot will get you.

If you manage to survive, you’ll find yourself in the core control room. Interact with it to power off some of the systems. As for the others, you need to manually disable them.

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The Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Cerberus Robot will still show up in the next area. Be on the lookout for telltale signs as you complete these tasks:

  • Neural Network Control — You need to pull out the three cables. The robot will enter this room, so just crouch behind the terminals as it makes its way around.
  • Datafort Command — You have to destroy the six servers. Activate your scanner to target them, then choose the Initiate Overload command. The robot will also emerge here, so you should quickly run outside the hallway until it disappears.
  • Thermic Control — The robot will also pop up and investigate the room. There’s a small nook where you can crouch and hide while waiting for it to pass. Once the coast is clear, I suggest using your Technical Ability to swiftly gain access to the controls, as opposed to engaging with the hacking minigame.

How to Escape the Cerberus Robot

Once you’re finished with the above tasks, it’s time to return to the control room. However, as soon as you reach the main chamber, the mech will appear. Do not attempt to escape through the doors just yet. Instead, just crouch behind pillars and circle around while it’s investigating the area.

Trying to escape will cause you to get caught (trust me, I’ve tried several times). But if you hang back while avoiding detection, the deadly machine will think that there’s no one around and it will leave.

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When you’re back at the core, you’ll be able to power it down. This robot will show up one last time. However, there’s a short, story-based sequence which leads to its destruction. Don’t forget to pick up the component that it leaves behind, since this is used as crafting items for the blueprints that you’ve found in the facility.

That’s it: that’s everything you need to know about how to beat the Cerberus Robot in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty. Now, all that’s left is to decide on the ending that you want to get for this particular finale arc. For other tips and strategies, you can check out our Cyberpunk 2077 guides hub.

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