how to use stealth
Game: Cyberpunk 2077
Content Type: Gaming Guides


With a heavy emphasis on fluidity and movement, using stealth in Cyberpunk 2077 can be a very satisfying way to play the game. It isn’t too complex, but there are still a few elements that aren’t well explained in-game. In this guide, we’ll explain the different stealth mechanics in Cyberpunk-2077, from enemy alert status indicators to takedowns and stealth hacks.

Enemies that have spotted your character will be Alerted and have an eye icon displayed over them. If an enemy spots you and you return to cover, that enemy will seek you out. Be careful, the enemy AI in Cyberpunk 2077 can take a while to stop looking for you. If you are visible for too long and the yellow icon fills up, the enemy is now in the Combat mode, indicated by an exclamation mark.

Once an enemy is in the Combat mode, they cannot be taken down with stealth. Enemies will have a timer to return to the Alerted modeif they cannot see you for prolonged moments of time. If you want to reset enemy aggro, you can try and get onto a roof or otherwise get out of line-of-sight — eventually, they will de-aggro and no longer be Alerted.

While crouched, a player can walk behind an enemy that hasn’t been alerted. You can either kill the enemy with a Lethal Takedown or a Stealth takedown. Nearby places to hide bodies are marked by your optics when pressing the button to quickhack.

Enemies are quickly alerted when bodies are left lying around, so as stated, hide them as soon as they’re taken out. If they are next to a container, the game will give you the option to knock them out and hide them simultaneously, as in the example below.

stealth takedown

Enemies can be distracted to move away from their positions. Click and hold the quickhack button, and the option will appear on some items in the area to distract enemies. Sneak behind distracted enemies for a stealthy takedown.

How to quickhack on different platforms:

Xbox: holding Left Bumper
PlayStation: Holding L1
PC: Hold TAB.

distract enemies quickhack 1 1

We hope this guide on Stealth in Cyberpunk 2077 was helpful! Have any questions, or stealthy tips or techniques you want to share? Let us know in the comments!

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