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Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty — How to Get the Best Ending

Here's how to get the best ending in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty.

The endings in Cyberpunk 2077 were all downers to a certain degree, though the one with Panam is probably the most upbeat overall. The Phantom Liberty expansion adds two new conclusions, one of which is a true resolution to the game, where the credits roll and V’s story is essentially over. Which of these is the “best” depends on what you want out of Cyberpunk storytelling. But the one that actually wraps up the story is probably the most positive outcome most characters could hope for. Here’s how to get the best ending in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty.

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How to Get the Best Ending in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty

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There are two ways to get the best ending to Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty. Both of them involve you betraying Songbird. To get the best version of the good conclusion, use the ICEBreaker on So Mi during the Firestarter mission. She’ll destroy the arena and sic both Hansen and his goons on you.

Over the next several missions, you’ll:

  • Try (and fail) to take Songbird from a MaxTac convoy during the quest called Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos.
  • Descend into the bowels below Night City, evade a Blackwall AI-corrupted Cerberus robot, learn some of the truths of Songbird’s past, then meet her in the core of the Cynosure facility in the quest Somewhat Damaged.
  • Choose not to kill Songbird when she asks, betraying her wishes onemore time, then delivering her alive to President Myers and the NUSA in the quest Leave in Silence.
  • Meet with Reed at the basketball court, where you were introduced at the beginning of the expansion as part of the Four Score and Seven quest.
  • At the end of Who Wants to Live Forever, go to the roof of Misty’s Esoterica, and when given the option, select Call Reed | I’ve decided, Johnny.

You’ll have one last conversation with Silverhand, board an FIA AV, and be whisked away to Europe for a surgery that will hopefully save your life.

Phantom Liberty Best Ending Spoiler Alert

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The surgery provided by Reed and the NUSA is a success. Johnny Silverhand is no longer trying to take over V’s body, and V will be able to live a full life. The catch to this “best” ending? The surgery also made using any combat cyberware impossible. All V can use now is a personal link and a basic neural interface. Any additional implants have a high chance of killing them.

Worse, following the procedure, V was in a coma for two years, meaning that all of their NPC allies will have moved on or will otherwise be at a point in their lives where V no longer factors in. Even Vik the ripperdoc now works for a major corporation. The only NPC who can truly be there for V in person, and then for just a few moments, is Misty, who gives V the keys to their new life.

Unable to use cyberware, their life as a cyberpunk is over. V is now just another “face in the crowd,” a regular person with no glory in their future, no additional legend to build. They are incidental, more than ever before.

That’s how to get the best ending in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty. Depressing, right? No one wins, not even in the Phantom Liberty expansion. Well, except the corps. The corps always win. For more coverage on the game and its DLC, check out our tips articles on the best attributes for all builds, how to complete Heaviest of Hearts, and more in our guides hub.

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John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.