In Cyberpunk 2077, the relationship of Johnny with protagonist V is one of the crucial factors in determining the game’s ending.
After implanting the Relic, V has to share their brain with legendary rockstar and terrorist Johnny Silverhand who died in 2023. Unfortunately, that mental cohabitation is killing V, erasing their personality with Johnny’s.
The duo must work together to survive Night City and find a cure to stop the Relic’s spread, as well as put a stop to the machinations of Yorinobu Arasaka.
Over the course of their adventure, V has the option to befriend or antagonize Johnny. The player’s choices will affect how the two relate to each other, and consequently what endings become available.
Cyberpunk 2077 Johnny relationship
After finishing the mission The Heist, Johnny will become a constant companion to V.
Their relationship status can be seen by opening the in-game menu. At the top of the screen will be three icons to show the three major pillars of V’s life.
These are their reputation as a mercenary, their race against the Relic, and their relationship with Johnny.
Over the course of several main story missions, V will increase that Johnny percentage. Regardless of dialogue choices, simply completing the missions will progress their friendship.
The relevant story missions are:
- Automatic Love
- Life During Wartime
- Search and Destroy
- Chippin’ In
- Blistering Love
- Holdin’ On
- A Like Supreme
The crucial mission here is Chippin’ In. This is the one Johnny mission where dialogue choices will affect the endings.
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In Chippin’ In, V and Johnny will work with Rogue to find out more about Adam Smasher.
Over the course of the mission, they’ll also learn about what was the final fate of the real Johnny Silverhand, before he became an engram on the Relic.
At the end of the mission, V will have to drive out to the oil fields in search of Johnny’s body. There, the two will have a heart-to-heart about the lives they’ve led. In particular, how Johnny treated the people close to him.
In this conversation, V must choose the correct dialogue options to progress Johnny’s relationship above 70%. That is the threshold to unlock the secret ending.
The dialogue choices V must choose are:
- “Let’s do something about that.” Be sure to inscribe Johnny’s initials when prompted.
- “The Guy who Saved My Life.”
- “Nah, fucked that up too.”
- “What do you want from me?”
- “OK. But as second chances go, this is your last.”
- “You were a real dick in the beginning.”
- “When you said you let down your friends…”
- “Yeah, I’ll call Rogue.”
This will unlock the Blistering Love sidequest. After completing that mission, Johnny will now offer V an additional option at the end of the game for a secret ending.