How Does Overheating Work in Cyberpunk 2077?

Very little is as annoying as becoming overheated in the midst of battle in Cyberpunk 2077. This seems to happen while your health is already low, making it tough to get through a difficult section. Why does overheating happen? How can you prevent it? In this guide, we’ll show you everything you’ll need to know about overheating in Cyberpunk 2077.

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What is Overheating?

Just as your character can hack, so too can your enemies. Certain foes can hack you, causing you to overheat and take damage. While you’re overheating, a warning icon will appear on screen with a bar that will continue to fill up as the enemy continues to hack you. The first time this happens, you’ll be notified that an enemy Netrunner is “trying to breach your system.”

You’re advised that you should use your scanner to help you pinpoint the connection between you and the enemy so you can eliminate them. If you continue to overheat, you’ll eventually die, so you’ll want to target and eliminate the enemy hacker right away.

How to Prevent or Negate Overheating

Not every enemy can hack you, but you should prioritize taking out the ones who can. Before you engage in a firefight, use your scanner to locate every camera and enemy in the area. You can actually tell which enemies have the ability to hack by scanning and looking at their descriptions. The Netrunners can hack, so you should take them out first.

It’s a good idea to prioritize eliminating these enemies first so you have less of a chance of being hacked and overheated during the firefight. You may have noticed we mentioned that cameras can cause overheating as well. Keep an eye out for cameras and take them out when you can, as they can hack you too. Though, if you simply stay out of the line of sight of cameras, you can stop yourself from overheating.

One thing you can do to help lower your risk of overheating is to invest in the I Spy perk, which can be found under the Quickhacking section of the Intelligence stat. You’ll have to upgrade your Intelligence to 5 in order to unlock the I Spy perk, but you’ll be glad you did. This perk automatically reveals an enemy who’s trying to hack you, making it much easier than having to follow the connection. The enemy hacker will light up orange, so take them out right away to avoid overheating.

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.


Joseph Yaden

Joseph loves Nintendo and horror games. When he's not writing about video games he can usually be found petting his cats and listening to some Progressive Metal. He thinks Meshuggah is tight. Twitter: @JosephYaden

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