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Cyberpunk 2077 Merciless

The Cyberpunk 2077 Merciless Perk is found within the Cold Blood Skill Tree and is improved by leveling your Cool Stat. The Merciless Perk While Cold Blood is active, Increases Crit Chance by 10% and Crit Damage by 25%. 1% Crit Chance and 3% Crit Damage per Perk Level.. We rank this as a S-Tier choice and recommend using Melee and Revolver weapons with this perk.

Merciless

Skill Type: Cold Blood

Requires: Level 20 Cool

Effect: While Cold Blood is active, Increases Crit Chance by 10% and Crit Damage by 25%. 1% Crit Chance and 3% Crit Damage per Perk Level.

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Perks like Merciless in Cyberpunk 2077

List of Cold Blood Perks that are similar to Merciless.

Rank Lvl Perk Effect
S
1 Cold BloodAfter defeating an enemy, gain Cold Blood for 10 seconds and increase movement speed by 2%. Stacks up to 1/2/3 times
A
5 Will To SurviveIncreases all resistances by 2.5% / 5% per stack of Cold Blood
A
5 Icy VeinsReduces weapon recoil by 2.5% per stack of Cold Blood
S
7 Critical ConditionIncreases duration of Cold Blood by 5/10 seconds
A
7 Frosty SynapsesReduces quickhack cooldowns by 3% / 6% per stack of Cold Blood
B
9 Rapid BloodflowIncrease health regen inside and outside combat by50% / 100% per stack of Cold Blood
A
9 Defensive ClottingIncreases armor by 1% / 2% per stack of Cold Blood
S
11 Coldest BloodIncreases max stack amount for Cold Blood by 1
S
11 Frozen PrecisionIncreases headshot damage by 50%
A
12 Blood BrawlWhen Cold Blood is active, increases damage with melee weapons by 5% / 10%
A
12 PredatorIncreases attack speed by 1% / 3% per stack of Cold Blood
B
12 Quick TransferReduces quickhack upload time by 1% per stack of Cold Blood
S
14 Cold And CalculatingLanding a crit hit has 25% chance of applying a stack of Cold Blood
A
14 BloodswellWhen your health reaches 45%, a max stack of Cold Blood is automatically activated
S
16 UnbreakableIncreases max stack amount for Cold Blood by 1
S
16 CoolagulantStacks of Cold Blood are removed one by one, not all at once
A
18 Pain Is An IllusionWhen Cold Blood is active, reduces damage taken by 5%
S
20 ImmunityWhen Cold Blood is active, you are immune to bleeding, poison, burn and shock
S
20 MercilessWhile Cold Blood is active, Increases Crit Chance by 10% and Crit Damage by 25%. 1% Crit Chance and 3% Crit Damage per Perk Level.
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Best weapons to use with Merciless Perk in Cyberpunk 2077

We consider Melee and Revolver weapons to be the best to use with the Merciless perk.

Melee and Revolver Stats
Power
Overture
Stats

49-61 Damage
2.29 Attacks Per Second
+
30-37 Physical Damage
+
3.66% Crit Chance
+
2.67 Crit Damage
+
6% Bleeding Chance
2.00 Headshot Damage Multiplier
DPS

High
Mod Slots

Scope Slot
Muzzle Slot
2 Mod Slots
Effects

Improved handling and firepower.
Power
Overture
Stats

256-313 Damage
1.34 Attacks Per Second
+
188-222 Electrical Damage
+
78.22% Crit Damage
+
18% Shock Chance
3.50 Headshot Damage Multiplier
DPS

High
Mod Slots

Scope Slot
Muzzle Slot
Mod Slot
Effects

Reduced recoil. Deals electrical damage with a chance to stun targets.
Blunt
DPS

High
Blade
DPS

High
Blunt
DPS

High
Blade
DPS

High
Tech
RT-46 Burya
Stats

1873-2231 Damage
0.78 Attacks Per Second
+
273-333 Chemical/Electrical/Physical/Thermal Damage
Mod Slots

Mod Slot
Effects

Deals high thermal damage, but has low clip size and long reload times.
Power
Overture
Stats

248-304 Damage
1.21 Attacks Per Second
+
174-213 Physical Damage
+
140.60% Crit Damage
0.50 Charge Time
+
5% Bleeding Chance
4 Headshot Damage Multiplier
DPS

High
Mod Slots

Scope Slot
Muzzle Slot
2 Mod Slots
Effects

Charging for a brief time while aiming enables full auto mode. Decreases recoil, bullet spread and fire rate.
Blunt
DPS

High
Power
DR5 Nova
Stats

95-115 Damage
6 Attacks Per Second
+
67-82 Phyiscal Damage
+
20.21% Crit Chance
3% Bleeding Chance
2.50 Headshot Damage Multiplier
Mod Slots

Scope Slot
Muzzle Slot
Mod Slot
Effects

Fires four rounds per shot, with increased damage, rate of fire and chance to dismember at the cost of increased recoil and bullet spread.
Tech
DPS

High
Mod Slots

Scope Slot
Power
DPS

High
Mod Slots

Silencer Slot Scope Slot
Blunt
DPS

High
Blunt
DPS

High
Blunt
DPS

High
Blunt
DPS

High
Blunt
DPS

High
Blade
DPS

High
Blade
DPS

High
Blade
DPS

High
Power
DPS

High
Mod Slots

Silencer Scope
Tech
DPS

High
Requirement

Body 6
Mod Slots

Scope Slot
Blunt
DPS

High
Blade
DPS

High
Blunt
DPS

High
Blunt
DPS

High
Blade
DPS

High
Blunt
Electric Baton Gamma
Stats

252 Damage
2 Attacks Per Seconds
+
197-241 Electrical Damage
+
50% Crit Damage
+
20% Shock Damage
DPS

High
Mod Slots

Melee Mod Slot
Effects

Reduced damage, but strong attacks have a chance to stun the target.
Blade
Katana
Stats

150 Damage
5 Attacks Per Seconds
+
96-118 Electrical Damage
+
10 Electrical Resistance
+
5% Crit Chance
+
10% Crit Damage
+
20% Shock Chance
Mod Slots

Melee Mod Slot
Effects

Deals electrical damage with a chance to apply Shock. Also increases electrical resistance.
Blade
Knife
Stats

145 Damage
5 Attacks Per Second
+
92-113 Chemical Damage
+
92-113 Electrical Damage
+
92-113 Physical Damage
+
92-113 Thermal Damage
Mod Slots

Melee Mod Slot
Effects

Deals electrical damage. While Sandevistan cyberware is active, increases Crit Chance by 50% and blows apply Bleeding.
Blunt
Electric Baton Gamma
Stats

163 Damage
2.48 Attacks Per Second
+
34-42 Electrical Damage
+
34-42 Chemical Damage
-4.50 Stamina Cost Reduction while Attacking
+
10% Crit Damage
+
25% Poison Chance
-10% Shock Chance
DPS

High
Mod Slots

Melee Mod Slot
Effects

Deals electrical and chemical damage. Small chance to apply Poison and/or Shock.
Blade
Katana
Stats

63 Damage
2.99 Attacks Per Second
+
40-49 Physical Damage
+
18% Crit Damage
+
10% Bleeding Chance
Mod Slots

Melee Mod Slot
Effects

High base damage.
Blunt
Baseball Bat
Stats

178 Damage
5 Attacks Per Second
+
101-123 Physical Damage
+
50% Bleeding Chance
DPS

High
Mod Slots

Melee Mod Slot
Effects

High chance to apply Bleeding, low chance to stun targets.
Blade
Katana
Stats

111 Damage
4.80 Attacks Per Second
Mod Slots

2x Melee Mod Slots
Effects

Crit Chance increased to 100% while Kerenzikov is active. Final combo attack damage doubled as standard, but quadrupled if the target has more health than you.
Blade
Katana
Stats

57 Damage
3.85 Attacks Per Second
Mod Slots

Melee Mod Slot
Effects

Reduced base damage but very high Crit Damage multiplier
Blunt
Electric Baton Gamma
Stats

244 Damage
2 Attacks Per Second
DPS

High
Mod Slots

Melee Mod Slot
Effects

High Damage.
Blade
Knife
Stats

183 Damage
6.67 Attacks Per Second
+
69-84 Physical Damage
Effects

Deals additional chemical damage with a moderate chance to apply Poison.
Blunt
Two-Handed Hammer
Stats

515 Damage
2.50 Attacks Per Second
+
191-234 Physical Damage
-13 Stamina Cost Reduction while Attacking
+
52% Crit Damage
+
20% Bleeding Chance
DPS

High
Mod Slots

3x Melee Mod Slots
Effects

High damage.

Best Merciless Build, Weapons, and Cyberware in Cyberpunk 2077

We recommend using this Gorilla Arms build with the Merciless Perk, together with Hacker Overlord and Invincible will improve the overall build.

A-Tier
Gorilla Arms Build
20
Body
3
Reflexes
20
Cool
15
Intelligence
3
Technical Ability

Looking for a weapon to use with this build? Visit our Best Weapons Guide.

The Best Cyberware we recommend for this build
Name Price Effect
Limbic System Enchancement
Common
Frontal Cortex
3,000
Increase Crit Chance by 7%
Int 6
Limbic System Enchancement
Rare
Frontal Cortex
9,000
Increases Crit Chance by 15%
Int 9
Visual cortex support
Common
Frontal Cortex
3,000
Increases Crit Damage by 15%
Int 6
Visual cortex support
Uncommon
Frontal Cortex
4,500
Increases Crit Damage by 16%
Int 8
Visual cortex support
Epic
Frontal Cortex
15,000
Increases Crit Damage by 30%
Int 12
Visual cortex support
Legendary
Frontal Cortex
21,000
Increases Crit Damage by 45%
Int 16
Biomonitor
Common
Circulatory System
6,000
Instantly restores 30% Health when Health to 15% CD 240 sec.
Biomonitor
Uncommon
Circulatory System
9,000
Instantly restores 40% Health when Health to 15% CD 240 sec.
Body 10
Biomonitor
Rare
Circulatory System
18,000
Instantly restores 50% Health when Health drop to 15%. CD 180 sec.
Body 12
Biomonitor
Epic
Circulatory System
30,000
Instantly restores 60% Health when Health drop to 15%. CD 150 sec.
Body 15
Biomonitor
Legendary
Circulatory System
42,000
Instantly restores 100% Health when Health drop to 15%. CD 120 sec.
Body 18
Synaptic Signal Optimizer
Common
Nervous System
4,000
Increases Health by 20%.
Synaptic Signal Optimizer
Uncommon
Nervous System
6,000
Increases Health by 30%.
Body 8
Synaptic Signal Optimizer
Rare
Nervous System
12,000
Increases Health by 40%.
Body 12
Synaptic Signal Optimizer
Epic
Nervous System
20,000
Increases Health by 50%.
Body 15
Synaptic Signal Optimizer
Legendary
Nervous System
28,000
Increases Health by 60%
Body 20
Subdermal Armor
Uncommon
Integumentary System
3,000
Increase Armor by 50.
Subdermal Armor
Common
Integumentary System
2,000
Increase Armor by 20.
Subdermal Armor
Rare
Integumentary System
6,000
Increase Armor by 90.
Subdermal Armor
Epic
Integumentary System
10,000
Increase Armor by 140.
Subdermal Armor
Legendary
Integumentary System
14,000
Increase Armor by 200.
Gorilla Arms
Rare
Arms Cyberware
15,250
87-107 Dmg. +34-44 Physical Dmg. 2.5 Attack Speed. +10% Bleed Chance. They charge with each attack. On Strong attack they deal bonus dmg based on charge level. Allow you to force open locked doors and rip turrets out. They deal Physical damage.
SC 20
Gorilla Arms
Epic
Arms Cyberware
25,250
102-125 Dmg. +42-51 Physical Dmg. 2.5 Attack Speed. 15% Bleed Chance. Same as Rare. 1 Mod slot
SC 25
Gorilla Arms
Legendary
Arms Cyberware
100,250
110-135 dmg. +45-55 physical dmg. 2.5 AS +20% Bleed Same as Rare. 2 Mod slots.
SC 45

The Best Mods we recommend for this build
Name Type Effect
Rin3U Battery
Legendary
Gorilla Arms Battery
Damage with Gorilla Arms + 10%; restores 100% stamina upon killing an enemy.
Sensory Amplifier
Rare
Universal Cyberarm Fragment
Crit Chance + 10%.
Sensory Amplifier
Rare
Universal Cyberarm Fragment
Crit Damage +30%.
Sensory Amplifier
Rare
Universal Cyberarm Fragment
Health -15%.
Sensory Amplifier
Rare
Universal Cyberarm Fragment
Armor +5%.

The Best Cyberdecks you should use.
Name Price Specs Effect
NETWATCH NETDRIVER MK.5
Legendary
35000
RAM: 11
Buffer Size: 8
Slots: 6
Increases RAM recovery rate by 9 units per 60 seconds. Quickhack spread distance increased by 60%. Combat quickhacks can be uploaded on 3 targets within 6-meter radius. Quickhacks deal 30% more damage.

The Best Quickhacks to use with this build
Name Price Specs Effect
Short Circuit
Uncommon
60
RAM Cost: 3
Upload Time: 3
Duration: -
Cooldown: 10
Deals damage to the target. Very effective against mechanical enemies and targets with weak spots.
Short Circuit
Rare
600
RAM Cost: 4
Upload Time: 3
Duration: 3
Cooldown: 10
Applies an EMP effect for a few seconds.
Short Circuit
Epic
1,000
RAM Cost: 5
Upload Time: 3
Duration: 3
Cooldown: 10
Deals extra damage to enemies below a high threat level.
Short Circuit
Legendary
1,400
RAM Cost: 6
Upload Time: 3
Duration: 3
Cooldown: 10
Passive while equipped: Crit Hits with any weapon apply this quickhack's uncommon effect.

Gorilla Arms Best Perks You Should Use
Skill Lvl Perks Effects
1 RegenerationHealth slowly regenerates during combat
5 InvincibleIncreases max health by 10% / 20% / 30%
7 EpimorphosisHealth regenerates up to 70% / 80% / 90% of max health outside of combat
9 Steel And ChromeIncreases melee damage by 10% / 20%
12 Cardio CureHealth regenerates faster when moving
14 MarathonerSprinting does not drain stamina
16 Dog Of WarIncreases health regen in combat by 15% / 20%
16 WolverineHealth regen activates 50% / 90% faster during combat
1 FlurryIncreases damage from combo attacks by 30% / 40% / 50%
6 RushSucessful atacks recover 3% / 5% health over 2 second(s)
6 Efficient BlowsReduces stamina cost for all attacks by 25% / 50%
15 FrenzyDefeating an enemy increases damage by 100% for 10 seconds
1 BloodwareQuickhacks deal 10% / 20% / 30% more damage
16 Critical ErrorQuickhacks can now deal crit hits based on your crit chance and crit damage stats
16 Hacker OverlordUnlocks diagrams for crafting specialized quickhacks
12 From The ShadowsUpon entering combat, crit chance increases by 25% / 50% for 7 seconds
18 Cheat DeathWhen your health drops below 50% reduce all incoming damage by 50% for 10 seconds. Cannot occur more than once per minute
1 Cold BloodAfter defeating an enemy, gain Cold Blood for 10 seconds and increase movement speed by 2%. Stacks up to 1/2/3 times
7 Critical ConditionIncreases duration of Cold Blood by 5/10 seconds
9 Rapid BloodflowIncrease health regen inside and outside combat by50% / 100% per stack of Cold Blood
9 Defensive ClottingIncreases armor by 1% / 2% per stack of Cold Blood
11 Coldest BloodIncreases max stack amount for Cold Blood by 1
14 Cold And CalculatingLanding a crit hit has 25% chance of applying a stack of Cold Blood
16 UnbreakableIncreases max stack amount for Cold Blood by 1
16 CoolagulantStacks of Cold Blood are removed one by one, not all at once
20 MercilessWhile Cold Blood is active, Increases Crit Chance by 10% and Crit Damage by 25%. 1% Crit Chance and 3% Crit Damage per Perk Level.
20 GuerrillaIncreases Crit Damage by 60% for 10 Sec after entering combat. +2% perPerk Level.

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