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