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Unleashing Lucy: The Hacking Legend of Cyberpunk Edgerunners

Lucy Kushinada, or simply Lucy, is a renowned hacking legend in the world of Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, the anime adaptation of the popular game Cyberpun...

Emmy Holthe

Jan 27, 2024

Unleashing Lucy: The Hacking Legend of Cyberpunk Edgerunners

Lucy Kushinada, or simply Lucy, is a renowned hacking legend in the world of Cyberpunk: Edgerunners, the anime adaptation of the popular game Cyberpunk 2077. As a mysterious netrunner from Night City, Lucy possesses an introverted personality and guards her past closely. If you aspire to play as this enigmatic character in the game, focusing on her primary skills of Quickhacking and the Monowire weapon is the key. In this build, we'll not only incorporate the abilities showcased by Lucy in the anime but also add a few extra touches to make it truly exceptional.

[Scene: Night City, neon lights flickering amidst towering buildings]

Fast forward to January 27, 2024, and Cyberpunk 2077 has undergone a 2.0 launch, bringing significant changes to Lucy's build. Fear not, as we've updated this build to match the capabilities of Lucy in Cyberpunk Edgerunners, while taking into account the latest changes.

Lucy is a master hacker and netrunner, effortlessly maneuvering through Night City's digital realm. Although she can handle a pistol adequately, her primary attribute lies in hacking, which requires a sharp Intelligence. Sink most of your perks into the Intelligence tree to enhance your hacking prowess, but hold on, we'll explore other exciting aspects too!

While Intelligence takes precedence, it's important to keep your other attributes well-rounded. Reflexes, Cool, and Technical Ability should all sit comfortably at 15, unlocking crucial perks and ensuring that your build isn't limited to hacking alone. You'll have a few tricks up your sleeve, but hacking will remain your primary approach to problem-solving.

[Scene: Lucy gracefully evading bullets in a high-tech corridor]

With a Body score of four, Lucy possesses the basics of health regeneration perks, but don't expect her to excel in a slugfest. Avoid direct combat whenever possible, seeking cover whenever the sparks of a firefight ignite.

Now, let's shine a spotlight on the perks that will make Lucy the hacking master she truly is. While most of your perks will be allocated to the Intelligence tree, there are certainly valuable perks to grab in the other attributes. Here's a breakdown of where to invest your hard-earned perks for a level 50 build:

[Scene: Lucy deciphering complex codes in a virtual labyrinth]

Body: We won't dwell too long here since we'll only spend a few attribute points. Painkiller provides a bit of health regeneration during combat, and Comeback Kid increases health regeneration as you endure more damage.

Reflexes: Despite allocating 15 points here, we won't spend an excessive amount of perk points. Slipper, Dash, and Air Dash grant you the ability to gracefully dash mid-air, while Mad Dash enables you to close the distance swiftly and unleash your monowire upon your target.

Technical Ability: This is where Lucy's build truly shines. We'll temporarily ignore the smart weapon perks since Lucy wields a standard Unity pistol in the show. On the left side, Eye in the Sky kicks off your hacker journey by highlighting access points and providing benefits to hacking cameras. Forcekill Cypher simplifies hacking these access points, and Warning: Explosion Hazard enhances the potency of hacking explosive items.

[Scene: Lucy infiltrating a heavily guarded corporate facility, cameras and access points lighting up in her augmented vision]

Hack Queue allows you to queue quickhacks for greater effect. Feedback Loop and Data Recycler optimize your RAM usage, while Counter-A-Hack and Copy-Paste empower you to outsmart enemy netrunners. Queue Acceleration adds another quickhack to your queue, while Queue Hack_Root and Queue Prioritization improve your RAM cost and upload speed, respectively.

[Scene: Lucy unleashing a flurry of quickhacks, causing havoc in the digital realm]

Now, let's explore the perks specific to the monowire. Finisher: Live Wire allows you to dispatch weakened foes with your monowire while replenishing your health and RAM.

In the middle tree, Optimization enhances RAM recovery, Proximate Propagation reduces RAM usage at close range, and Encryption slows down opposing traces. We'll skip Subordination for now since control quickhacks already boast long durations at higher levels, but feel free to unlock it and refund the perk later if you wish.

Embedded Exploit and System Overwhelm boost quickhack damage, while Speculation and Icepick improve your RAM economy. Siphon, the second monowire perk, recovers RAM whenever you unleash your wires and amplifies that recovery if the target is affected by a quickhack.

Overclock grants you the ability to use quickhacks even when out of RAM, at the cost of your health. Thankfully, Sublimation, Power Surge, and Blood Demon mitigate these health costs, while Race Against Mind incentivizes tapping into your health pool by amplifying your quickhack damage.

[Scene: Lucy expertly dodging enemy fire, monowires crackling with electricity]

Finally, in the Intelligence tree, we'll focus on the quickhacking aspects. Upgrading the core quickhacking abilities is crucial. The main perks to invest in are Big Sleep, which increases the duration of quickhacks, and Plague, which spreads quickhacks to nearby enemies.

Datamine Mastermind allows you to gather components while quickhacking, while Diffusion empowers your quickhacks to jump to multiple targets. Forget-Me-Not prevents quickhacks from being resisted and reduces the cooldowns of quickhacks resisted by enemies.

Cloud Cache boosts your quickhack damage for each enemy affected, and Master RAM Liberator provides a chance to recover RAM when you defeat an enemy.

[Scene: Lucy infiltrating a heavily guarded penthouse, quickhacking security systems]

With this build, you'll be able to emulate Lucy's hacking prowess and monowire expertise in the world of Cyberpunk 2077. However, keep in mind that the game's balance and updates may influence the effectiveness of certain perks. Stay adaptable and experiment with different playstyles to find the one that suits you best.

[Scene: Lucy standing on a rooftop, overlooking Night City's sprawling skyscrapers]

Embark on your journey as Lucy, the hacking legend of Cyberpunk Edgerunners. Traverse the neon-lit streets of Night City, leaving your digital mark on the world. Unleash your quickhacking abilities and wield the monowire with deadly precision. The future awaits, Edgerunner.

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