Lucy Kushinada, more commonly known as just Lucy, is a hacking legend character in the adaptation anime of Cyberpunk 2077, Cyberpunk: Edgerunners. In the anime, she’s a mysterious Netrunner from Night City and a character with quite an introverted personality who doesn't like to talk much about her past.
If you want to play as her in the videogame, you can focus on building upon the two primary parts of her kit that we see her use in the anime, Quickhacking, and the Monowire weapon. This build has all the elements Lucy used in the anime as well as a few extras to make it stand out.
Updated May 31, 2023, by Sean Murray: As is only appropriate for the Monowire-wielding Netrunner, we've hacked this guide to pieces and rebuilt it to be shorter, more concise, and have better formatting.
Character Points For Lucy
When building Lucy Netrunner Monowire in Cyberpunk 2077, prioritizing Intelligence, Reflexes, and Cool Perks can greatly enhance her abilities and increase her overall effectiveness in combat. The reasons to focus on these stats are:
As a Netrunner, Lucy's primary role is to hack into systems and gather information. By prioritizing Intelligence Perks, you can increase her hacking abilities and give her access to more advanced and difficult systems.
These Perks increase Lucy's mobility and agility, allowing her to dodge enemy attacks and react quickly in combat.
Cool Perks provide general bonuses to damage and toughness while in high-intensity combat--something that Lucy excels at.
Health and Health Regen
As with any character in Cyberpunk 2077, it is important to increase Lucy's health and health regen to ensure her survival in combat.
While Lucy's primary role is as a Netrunner, she will also need to engage in hand-to-hand combat on occasion. By prioritizing melee damage, you can make her a more effective fighter and increase her overall versatility in combat.
These Intelligence Perks are our primary stat. Intelligence determines the strength of Lucy's quickhacks, which are powerful tools that allow her to manipulate and control enemy systems. Under Breach Protocol, Mass Vulnerability is probably the most important perk as it will increase your Monowire's overall damage.
Unlocks the Big Sleep daemon, which disables all cameras in the network for 3 min.
Upgrades the Datamine daemon, increasing the amount of eurodollars acquired from Access Points by 50/100%.
Unlocks the Mass Vulnerability daemon, which reduces the Physical Resistance for all enemies in the network by 30% for 3 min.
Mass Vulnerability: Resistances
Upgrades the Mass Vulnerability daemon, reducing all Resistance for enemies in the network by 30%.
Mass Vulnerability: Quickhack
Upgrades the Mass Vulnerability daemon, causing enemies in the network to also take 30% more damage from Quickhack
Quickhacks deal 10/20/30% more damage.
Allows RAM to recover during combat. Recover 4/8/12 RAM every 50 sec.
Quickhacks can now deal Crit Hits based on your Crit Chance and Crit Damage stats.
Quickhacks that spread can jump to 1/2/3 additional targets.
Unlocks Crafting Specs for Legendary quickhacks.
Most common and uncommon quickhacks are easily found through exploration. Once it comes time for Rare and above Quickhacks, unlock the appropriate perk until arriving at Bartmoss' Legacy. You can respec once you have all the quickhacks to recoup the perk points spent.
Reflexes can increase Lucy's mobility and agility, allowing her to dodge enemy attacks and react quickly in combat. Also, Reflexes are the second crucial perk of Lucy's build because they directly affect Monowire damage, the primary weapon you'll employ during your playthrough.
In these perks, we will spend all our points on Blades Perks to maximize Lucy's Monowire since that’s the skill tree related to this weapon.
Combos with Blades have a 15% chance to apply Bleeding.
Increases Crit Chance with Blades by 10%.
Bleeding applied with Blades can stack 3 times.
Increases Bleeding duration by 3 sec.
Increases damage with Blades by 1% for every 1%of Health the enemy is missing.
Judge, Jury, and Executioner
Increases damage with Blades by 100% against enemies with max Health.
Flight of the Sparrow
Reduces the Stamina cost of all attacks with Blades by 30%.
Slow and Steady
Moving while wielding a Blade increases Armor by 15%.
Float Like a Butterfly
Dodging increases damage with Blades by 25% for 5 sec.
While wielding a Blade, defeating an enemy restores 20% of Health and increases movement speed by 30% for 5 sec.
While wielding a Blade, recovers 2% Health when hitting an enemy affected by Bleeding.
For Lucy's Ninjitsu perks, go for Assassin and Hasty Retreat perks. These two blend flawlessly with the Synaptic Accelerator, enabling you to use her Monowire to quickly approach that close range or move to a specific spot.
For the Cold Blood perks, you should focus on any Cold Blood Perk that increases melee damage, attack speed, and quickhacks. The only perks we're avoiding in this line here are any perks that mention range damage or weapon recoil.
Deal 15% damage to human enemies.
Temporarily boosts movement speed by 50% for 5 sec when detected by an enemy.
Increases movement speed while sneaking by 20%.
Cold Blood Perks
After defeating an enemy, gain Cold Blood for seven seconds and increase movement speed by 2%. Stacks up to three times.
Increase Health regen inside and outside combat by 5% per stack of Cold Blood.
Increases the duration of Cold Blood by 25%.
Pain is an Illusion
While Cold Blood is active, it reduces damage taken by 5%.
Stacks of Cold Blood are removed one by one, not all at once.
While Cold Blood is active, increases damage with melee weapons by 10%
Reduces Quickhack cooldowns by 6% per stack of Cold Blood.
In the Athletic Perks, we're picking up perks here that will increase our health as well as our health regen and stamina, but also our melee damage. Steel and Chrome is the primary focus here and then health perks for general survivability.
Steel and Chrome
Increases melee damage by 20%.
Getting hit doesn’t interrupt Health regeneration.
Increases max Health by 15%.
Health slowly regenerates during combat.
Increases Health regen threshold from 60% in combat to 100% out of combat.
Increases max Stamina by 30%.
Health regen activates 20% faster during combat
Cyberware For Lucy
For your Cyberdeck Operating System, the ultimate goal will be the Tetratronic Rippler Mk. 4, which provides incredibly potent bonuses to Ultimate quickhacks. Before you get those Ultimate quickhacks, however, aim for the Stephenson Tech Mk. 4 or the Netwatch Netdriver Mk. 5. Both provide excellent bonuses to quickhacks.
Quickhacks are left open for personal preference, but you can't go wrong with Ping, Short Circuit, Overheat, Contagion, and Reboot Optics. You'll eventually want to move to the Ultimate quickhacks, including Suicide, System Reset, and Cyberpsychosis.
Other recommended Cyberware include:
Increases attack speed by 5/10/15/20/25%.
Allow you to perform a double jump.
Increases your cyberdeck’s max RAM units by 1/3/5.
Increases cyberdeck RAM recovery rate by 0.05/0.10/0.15 units per second.
Increases Armor by 50/100/150/200/300.
Become invisible for 10/15/15 seconds, greatly reducing the likelihood of detection. Cooldown 60/60/45 seconds.
Increases Mitigation Chance by 1/2/3/4/5% and Mitigation Strength by 2/4/6/8/10%.
Slows time by 10/20/30/40/50% for 2/3/4 sec when you are detected by enemies. Cooldown 60 sec.
Increases all Resistance by 8/13/23/35%
Monowire For Lucy
What makes the Monowire so potent in Cyberpunk 2077 is the fact that it has the longest reach of any melee weapon in the game. You can run into a room flailing the Monowire and slice everyone into pepperoni within seconds.
The Monowire is silent, deadly, and requires no ammunition. All you need to do is find the highest-rarity Monowire that your street cred allows.
You'll also want to keep an eye out for Monowire Battery mods which can further increase your Monowire's damage by 10, 20, or 50 percent. There are also mods to change its damage type, although the base physical damage is plenty effective.
Legendary Monowire Location
You can find the Legendary Monowire at the Ripperdoc shop in Downtown City Center or Wellsprings. To get it, you'll need 45 street cred and 35450 eddies.
How To Look Like Lucy
With white hair and red-purple eyes, Lucy is an extremely colorful character. She is wearing red eye and lip makeup with her hair cut in a split bob style, colored in a vivid pastel rainbow gradient, and eyes to match that palette. So let's give the character her appearance!
How To Create Lucy's Character
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