In Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty, Relic abilities are a new set of powerful skills that players can access with their upgraded engram.
After starting the DLC expansion, the new ally Songbird will unlock a new skill tree for player character V. She’ll also give V three of the special currency they’ll need to start using their new skills: Relic Points.
With these Relic Points, V can start using their fancy new powers to meet a more successful end than their mental roommate Johnny Silverhand.
Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty Relic abilities
The Relic skill tree is broken up into three initial branches: Jailbreak, Emergency Cloaking and Vulnerability Analytics. Each initial upgrade costs three Relic Points.
Jailbreak focuses on upgrading your cybernetic arms. It then opens four new paths for each arm type. Each one costs one Relic Point.
- V can overcharge the Projectile Launch System by holding its Fire button. It will then launch five rockets at once with a wider range. Its upgrade adds another rocket by one.
- Gorilla Arms will gain charge by attacking. When fully charged, a Strong Attack will deal massive damage and cause a shockwave to stagger nearby enemies. The upgrade will completely knock down all enemies in range instead of staggering.
- The Mantis Blades will gain a new Leap Attack when V dismembers an enemy or uses a Finisher. The Leap Attack gives range and more damage and, if upgraded, will cripple enemies for easier dismemberments.
- The Monowire can now apply Quick-Hacks. Once fully charged, V can strike enemies with the Monowire to apply a Quick-Hack without needing to pay its RAM cost. The upgrade lets V spread the Quick-Hack to other enemies if V hits them and the hacked enemy simultaneously with normal Monowire attacks.
The other Relic abilities unlocked in Phantom Liberty help out the other Cyberpunk 2077 playstyles: stealth and combat. Both their initial cost and their single upgrade costs three Relic points each.
Phantom Liberty Cloaking and Vulnerability
Emergency Cloaking upgrades the Optical Camo cyberware. If V’s equipped the Optical Camo, they can use it in the middle of combat to drop aggro, allowing a chance to escape.
Its upgrade Sensory Protocol helps V avoid combat entirely. If detected while crouched, time slows down. During this time, V can Dodge or Dash into cover to instantly exit combat. It does have a hefty 2 minute cooldown but it will stop an unlucky surprise from ruining a stealth run.
Last but not least is Vulnerability Analytics. During combat, V will be able to see Vulnerability spots on enemies. Hitting these spots deal extra damage, gain 25% armor penetration and will guarantee crit. If V does enough damage, the Vulnerability will explode in an EMP blast.
The upgrade Machine Learning deals an extra 5% damage on crits and will have new Vulnerabilities form on targets 10% faster. The effect and duration can stack up to 5 times, at which point the damage bonuses will double.
When should I start Phantom Liberty?
With all these useful Relic abilities on the line, players will wonder when they should begin the Phantom Liberty expansion.
There’s an option to play Phantom Liberty immediately from the Main Menu, skipping the preceding story. It’s useful for anyone who just wants to see the new story, but they’ll miss out on a lot of context.
Otherwise, the content will unlock during a regular playthrough after V’s misadventures with the Voodoo Boys, about halfway into the game’s main plot.
This will be the ideal time to try out the Phantom Liberty content since V and Johnny’s relationship in the DLC is a bit rockier than it would be by the end of a regular Cyberpunk 2077 playthrough.
So, to answer their question: players should start the Phantom Liberty content as soon as it becomes available in the main plot. This will also have the benefit of giving them extra time to play around with their new Relic abilities for longer.