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Cyberpunk 2077: Should You Sell or Dismantle Loot in 2.0? Answered

Selling or dismantling loot is one of the more important economical choices after the 2.0 update to Cyberpunk 2077.

Selling loot in Cyberpunk 2077 before update 2.0 was one of the best ways to make money. Indeed, dismantling your trash was helpful for Crafting (but only so much). Things have changed a bit after patch 2.0, with crafting and weapon progression seeing an almost total rework. Making money is much the same, though there are some additional wrinkles. Here, we’re examining one simple question: Should you sell or dismantle loot in Cyberpunk 2077 2.0?

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Should You Sell or Dismantle Loot in Cyberpunk 2077 2.0? Answered

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The choice between selling and dismantling loot in Cyberpunk 2077 ultimately comes down to where you are in the game.

  • Early on, money will be at a premium, so you should sell loot.
  • Later-game progression requires lots of crafting materials to upgrade your Iconic weapons, so you should dismantle loot.

Many of the main story quests in the early game have a high cost for how soon you see them. Most Tier 1 and Tier 2 gear you get won’t be worth much, but every little bit is helpful. That’s especially true if you go out of your way to loot everything you find.

As you progress, though, I recommend dismantling all the lower-rarity stuff you find. That said, you can also buy the crafting mats you need from weapon vendors, and Tier 5 (formerly Legendary) items go for a premium.

Hack: Wait to do Major Sidequests

You can, of course, bypass the issue of whether you should sell or dismantle loot — almost entirely. To do so, save most of the larger sidequests until you’ve leveled up enough that loot drops at Tier 5. The wait might be grueling, though. You need to be around Level 30 or so for the loot table to progress enough that Iconic gear automatically drops at the highest level.

Endgame Loot Loop

Once you have a set or two you enjoy, you can dismantle all the other Tier 5 items you don’t want and funnel the crafting materials into them. Tier 5+ and ++ are still massive increases to a weapon’s effectiveness, but you need a lot of mats to complete the upgrades.

The endgame loop, then, is:

  • Dismantle everything.
  • Fully upgrade a set of Tier 5 gear.
  • Dismantle more to refill your stocks.
  • When full on mats, start selling everything.
  • Sit on a fat stack of cash and never want for anything ever again.

I found that even if I spent 100,000 Eddies in the late-game of Cyberpunk 2077, within a few hours, I had made it all back with interest. It’s almost trivial to fill your inventory with (relatively) trash Tier 5s and choose whether to sell or dismantle them. Your choice, of course, is up to you.

That answers the question: Should you sell or dismantle loot in Cyberpunk 2077 2.0? For more, check out our guides on the best 2.0 builds, how to holster your weapon, 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.