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Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty: Should You Kill or Spare Songbird in Somewhat Damaged?

The choice to kill or spare Songibrd in Somewhat Damaged has massive story implications. Here's what happens in either case.

Note: This guide contains significant endgame story spoilers for the Phantom Liberty expansion.

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When one of the story paths in Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty comes to an end, you’ll be faced with a choice. Songbird is dying (not unique to either path), and she asks that you end her life in the least violent way Cyberpunk can offer. The choice you make directly affects how the story progresses, how other characters will see you, and how good or bad you feel about yourself by the story’s end. In this guide, we’ll break down the results of killing or sparing Songbird in Somewhat Damaged.

What Happens If You Spare Songbird in Somewhat Damaged

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To reach the dialog option where Songbird lives, after she asks you to end it all, select either That’s not a solution! or What if I refuse? So Mi will ask again, more desperate. If you still can’t or won’t kill her, select either Spare So Mi | Won’t do it. if your V cares about Songbird or Spare So Mi | So Mi, I need the FIA’s help. So I need you alive. if your V is a self-interested asshole. Not that I could blame you, given the sheer volume of betrayals Songbird is responsible for at this point in the story.

Choosing to Spare So Mi sees her returned to the NUSA’s custody. Myers thanks you for your service, and while Reed is incredibly conflicted, he still sets up the government’s best neurosurgeons to help you out. Sparing So Mi also triggers the ending mission, Who Wants To Live Forever. When you reach the point where the objective is to call Reed from the roof above Misty’s Esoterica, go there and do so to earn the new ending unique to Phantom Liberty.

What Happens If You Kill Songbird in Somewhat Damaged

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Killing So Mi is the most merciful choice you can make in this situation, for Songbird, anyway. It might be more than she deserves, considering, but it might also be the safest. Killing her robs Myers of a direct link to the Blackwall and its hosts of rogue AIs. It also keeps So Mi from being condemned to what’s implied to be a less-than-desirable fate. You’ll also keep her from being a walking cyber-nuke, should she ever escape again.

However, choosing to kill Songbird turns everyone in the NUSA against you. Reed is still conflicted but is more angry than he is sad. Myers is just angry, denigrating your abilities and outright denying the surgery that would save your life.

In short, you do not get the new ending if So Mi dies in Somewhat Damaged. You do get Johnny Silverhand’s tacit praise, which might be some of the only honest words you hear throughout the whole expansion. Either way, you’ll be relegated to the base game endings with no help from anyone in the NUSA. You can ask Myers what she plans to do about the help she promised, and after dismissing you, sends 5,000 eurodollars your way before leaving, never to be seen again.

The best ending of Phantom Liberty, then, comes by sparing Songbird, letting Myers do whatever she wants with the poor girl, and taking her salvation as your own. Cheery.

That’s all you need to know about whether you should kill or spare Songbird in Phantom Liberty. For other equally lighthearted bits of content on Cyberpunk 2077 and its expansion, check out our guides on how to complete Run This Town, if you can romance Songbird, 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.