Seven Cyberpunk 2077 secrets you might have missed

Cyberpunk 2077, for all of its flaws, features a vast open-world with tons of stuff to do. And you miss might some of those if you’re not paying attention. Here follows a collection of the side missions and easter eggs which brought me the most joy.

Disclaimer 1.a: This is by no means a complete list. Disclaimer 1.b: It goes without saying that there will be spoilers here.

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Get a pet cat

Nibbles is a fun little reference to the cat from The Witcher 3. It’s easy to get Nibbles as a pet if you follow just two steps, after which the little furball (I say that sarcastically) take up residence in your apartment.

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Heck even Johnny likes the cat, and that says a lot. Getting Nibbles as a pet doesn’t really offer much in the terms of gameplay, but it’s nice to come home to sound of a cat purring and meowing.

You’ll need to find cat food first, there are a few places: The Arasaka Industrial Park, also by Door 5 of the warehouse next to the GIM in Coastview, Pacifica, and in Randy’s bedside table in the Rancho Domingo trailer park.

Down the corridor of your apartment building, you’ll find a dumpster with a shard: Feed Teh Cat. Read it, put the cat food in the bowl on the ground, skip time 24 hours (or come back later) and Nibbles will be eating the food.

Johnny will make a remark. If you pick Nibbles up, the game will skip to your apartment, where you’ll find Nibbles sitting in the laundry basket.

Find Syd Mead’s name in the Columbarium

This one is easy to miss. I for one haven’t even found all of the available names in the Columbarium yet, other than Jackie Wells, Lucian Rhyne, Evelyn Parker, Claire’s husband Dean Russell, Alt Cunningham and a few others.

But who is Syd Mead?. Don’t bother wracking your brain trying to remember who might have died during previous missions. Mead isn’t a character in Cyberpunk, but he still deserves that spot, probably more than anyone else.

Mead was a visual futurist who created the designs for Blade Runner, Tron, Star Trek and more. In short, he is known as the “grandfather of cyberpunk aesthetics”. “Creator of Worlds”, very fitting indeed.

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Find the batmobile

Well, technically, it’s not the batmobile. It’s a Rayfield Caliburn. That said, I stumbled upon it in a cave while exploring the outskirts of Night City. There was a journal shard nearby, belonging to one “Murk Man”.

Murk Man’s parents were killed when he was just a kiddo, and he’s vowed to bring justice to Night City. Sound familiar? Head over to the cave just off the sharp bend in the road north of Santo Domingo.

The closest FT terminal is Sunset Motel or the one by River Ward’s house. Far back in the cave is a blue container, legendary items and the Rayfield Caliburn (looks like batmobile). It clocks 210 miles per hour.

Hideo Kojima

Hideo Kojima – Death Stranding and Metal Gear Solid creator – makes an appearance in Cyberpunk 2077. He’s not really all that friendly, and we kind of didn’t expect him to be anything else, to be honest.

You will run into Hideo during The Heist mission with Jackie Welles while at Night City’s most prestigious entertainment hub, the Konpecki Plaza; which is an Arasaka facility in the Arasaka Waterfront, situated in Watson.

We don’t want to give too much away, because The Heist is one of those really important missions with plenty of mind-blowing spoilers. At some point at the start of the mission you’ll be given two options:

  • Have a look around the place (and a second prompt for “Check out the hotel bar”), or
  • Go to your hotel room.

Choose the latter, head over to the bar, and you’ll find him at the back of the room, to the right of the pink counter.

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Take Johnny on a roller-coaster ride

Yes, you can indeed take that Rockerboy of yours on a rollercoaster ride. It’s probably one of the few times in the game when Johnny smiles. You might have seen the giant roller coaster in Pacifica, next to the Grand Imperial Mall.

Enter the area from the beach side (or go left around the mall if you arrive via the FT terminal). You’ll need to fix the roller coaster first, so go through Mega Ride gates and past the booth.

Scan the cart and you’ll see the power is out. There’s a maintenance area with its yellow Danger sign towards the back of the cart. Drop down, go down the narrow passage, reconnect the power and you’re ready to ride.

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Alanah Pearce

If you’re playing as Nomad V, you’ll run into a character based on video game journalist and Internet personality Alanah Pearce during the These Boots Are Made For Walking side mission.

It’s super short and you might miss it. When V finds her old car – then one that transported the Iguana into Night City at the start of the game – a woman (Lana) will show up, claiming it’s her car.

You can threaten her to leave – she won’t fight you but will call you an asshole. Alternatively, you can pay 100 eddies to buy it back or just give it to her. Johnny will respond accordingly.

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Image via Cyberpunk 2077/CD Projekt Red

I gave it to her and seemed impress. Apparently, he’ll be baffled when you threaten here, or make a remark about the car if you get it back.

The three seashells from Demolition Man

A nice little Easter Egg which took my way too long to find. There are three seashells in V’s apartment, reference to the scene in 1991’s Demolition Man, when Sylvester Stallone tells Sandra Bullock they’re out of toilet paper.

Simply go into V’s bathroom, you’ll see a shelf next to the toilet where toilet paper would typically be, but instead there are three seashells.

Bonus section

There are a ton of other easter eggs to find, such as the Heisenberg Principle mission, which is a reference to Breaking Bad. Remember that one time when Walter throws a pizza on the roof? Yep, that’s been included too.

Musician and producer Grimes also makes an appearance as the pop cyborg Lizzy Wizzy. The guitars in Kerry Eurodyne’s mansion or Bumpers, not Fenders, while V, at times, even quotes Shakespeare:

These violent delights have violent ends.

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