Cyberpunk 2077 Crafting Guide – How to Get Upgrade Components

After tons of delays, Cyberpunk 2077’s dystopian world has finally arrived. In this RPG, players assume the role of V as they make their way through the neon-drenched streets of Night City. Boasting a massive open-world, unique character customization options, and a whole range of ways to approach scenarios, almost every playthrough will be different. You will come across a lot of gear as forge a path through Night City, each of which has a numerical value associated with it. This can be higher damage or higher defense depending on what the item is, along with various passive bonuses such as launching flaming projectiles. Thankfully, Cyberpunk 2077 allows you to bring your favorite items with you as progress through the game. However, you’ll need to farm a lot of upgrade components if you want to keep improving your gear.

Here’s how to acquire upgrade components for crafting:

How to Get Upgrade Components

There are three core ways to earn upgrade components in Cyberpunk 2077. The first is simply by looting and exploring the world of Night City. Often when you kill an enemy and examine their corpse they’ll have some upgrade components. Additionally, upgrade components are often found just lying around in Night City or in lootable containers you can interact with. You can tell what rarity an item in a container will be based on the colored icon above it. Here’s a quick breakdown for those who don’t know the rarity tier system in Cyberpunk 2077:

  • White – Common
  • Green – Uncommon
  • Blue – Rare
  • Purple – Epic
  • Orange – Legendary

The second method for obtaining upgrade components is by purchasing them at vendors. During my time in Night City, I found that both Weapon Dealers and Junk Shops are the best places to buy these items. The former is definitely the best, as they often have every rarity of crafting materials at fairly reasonable prices. You’ll often only need to buy Legendary and Epic components, since you’ll come across a lot of Common, Uncommon, and Rare ones in the world. I like to use shops as a way to just stock up on what I need right now, instead of solely relying on them for components.

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However, the best way to obtain upgrade components is by disassembling weapons and armor. This is done by going into your inventory, highlighting the item you want, and then holding Y (Xbox)/Triangle (PlayStation). This will break the item into components which will be shown in the bottom right corner. You can improve what items you get by acquire perks in the Technical Ability Attribute chart. One perks I recommend getting right away is Mechanic. This perk just gives you more items whenever you disassemble something, which can really add up over the course of playing.

Keep in mind, what items you get when disassembling will entirely depend on the rarity of the gear piece. For example, if I breakdown a Rare weapon, I will get almost always get some Rare upgrade components along with Common and Uncommon items. Use this to keep yourself stocked so you always have items to craft and upgrade whatever you need!

For those of you who haven’t kept up with everything, there’s been quite a trail left by the release of Cyberpunk 2077. Earlier this week it came out that certain sequences in the game were using braindance segments which are well known to cause epileptic seizures. We’ve also covered how the developer was overworking its employees rather than delaying the game, inevitably, both ended up happening anyway. We also have a fantastic look at the appropriation of Asian culture in the title. And hell, if you just want more cyberpunk style games in your life, we have that too.


Collin MacGregor

Collin MacGregor is the Guide Staff Writer at Fanbyte. He's also the person who willingly plays the support class (you're welcome) and continues to hold out for an Ape Escape remake.

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  1. Does anyone have the map location for Straight Shooters? The vendor/place they are pictured in this article? Trying to get some crafting material’s.

    1. Hello! So I couldn’t remember off the top of my head, but I know the gun store in the northern section of Japantown sells them. It’s where I buy all my components.

  2. scrapper is not a perk you want to get. it will scrap all of your junk. sometimes you get very expensive junk like earrings or jewelry that are much better to sell. do not use scrapper you have been warned

    1. It definitely has a downside, but I’ve honestly not had a problem with getting eddies personally. I usually just sell whatever weapons and armor I don’t use if I don’t need crafting materials.

        1. Hello! So I couldn’t remember off the top of my head, but I know the gun store in the northern section of Japantown sells them. It’s where I buy all my components.

        2. Did you ever find epic components because based on this article I searched many junk shops and gun shops and none had epic components, highest I found was rare (blue). Even the gun shop in northern Japan town didn’t have any.

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