Guide to the Best Cyberpunk 2077 Mods

It has been a month since the release of Cyberpunk 2077 patch 1.5 and the game is finally more stable and enjoyable. The modding community created loads of mods in the past to improve the gameplay, solve some issues and add new content but, after the new patch, some beloved mods became redundant (for example, improving the driving mechanics) or incompatible. Here’s a brief guide on how to personalize the game after patch 1.5.

  1. How to Install Cyberpunk 2077 Mods
  2. Essential Mods
  3. Recommended Mods Compatible with Cyberpunk 2077 Patch 1.5

How to Install Cyberpunk 2077 Mods

As for most games, you can install mods in Cyberpunk 2077 in two ways: manually or using Vortex mod manager.

Manual Installation

The manual installation usually involves:

  • downloading the mod
  • extracting the zipped files in a folder of your choice
  • copying the extracted files
  • pasting the extracted files in the main folder (where Cyberpunk2077.exe is located) or in …\Cyberpunk 2077\archive\pc\mod.

If you choose to install mods manually, remember to always read carefully the instructions that you find on the mod page and/or in the “read me” file that comes with the mod archive.

Vortex Mod Manager

An easier way is using Vortex, the mod manager of Nexus (click here to download). Whether you’re downloading mods from the Nexus website or from somewhere else, Vortex can take care of installing/uninstalling and activating/deactivating almost all mods.

If you download mods from the Nexus website, the vast majority of mods have the option “Download with Vortex”. If there isn’t such an option or you’re downloading from somewhere else:

  • open Vortex
  • from the “Games” tab, select Cyberpunk 2077
  • click on the “Mods” tab
  • select “Install From File” or drag and drop the archive directly in the “Drop File(s)” area
  • click on “Install”
  • click on “Activate”

IMPORTANT! Even if you’re using Vortex, always remember to read the instructions on the mod page! Not all mods can be installed with Vortex.

How to Install Cyberpunk 2077 Mods. Vortex

Essential Mods

There are only three essential mods that are required to run almost all other mods that you can find online (click the titles for the links to the mods):

Cyber Engine Script


Native Settings UI

You don’t really need to know what they do or how they work, all you need is to install them. In a nutshell, the first two allow you to use, modify, add, and replace scripts so that mods can be integrated into the game. Native Settings UI allows you to refine the settings of some mods.

Click on the title for the link to the mod’s page on Nexus.

Virtual Atelier

Are you crazy about Cyberpunk 2077 fashion? This mod is for you. With Virtual Atelier, you can finally preview the clothes you can buy from the shops. Also, it allows modders to create shops for their custom clothes which can be accessed in-game from any computer.

As for adding new clothes and armors, check the relevant Nexus page here!

Virtual Atelier Preview. Cyberpunk 2077 mod
Virtual Atelier Preview

Level Scaling and Balance

If you feel that Cyberpunk 2077 is too easy and you’re up for a challenge, this mod should quench your thirst for action. It works in two ways: it improves the level scaling by bringing weaker enemies to V’s level, and it gives enemies higher resistances and damage reduction. Options can be refined to your liking.

AI Netrunners Enhanced

A simple mod that improves the enemy netrunners making them more powerful. They can now strike you with more quickhacks that can damage and control your body.

Immersive First Person

Nice little mod that improves the first-person view making it more realistic.

spawn0 – BODY MOD – better body shape

As the name suggests, this mod changes the body of V and of the NPCs. You can choose between 25 different body types, changing various parts like breast, butt, shoulders, thighs, etc. This will change not only the body shape but also how clothes fit. If you choose to install this mod, you might find these instructions useful.

Change Your Favorite Cars

Don’t like the color or the style of the cars you can get in Night City? This mod lets you choose between different styles for many of the available cars in NC. At the moment, it works only for “Sport and Hypercars” but the creator is working on updating also normal cars.

Change your favorite car. Cyberpunk 2077 mod
Change your favorite car

Appearance Change Unlocker

Thanks to patch 1.5, it is possible to modify some elements of V’s appearance. This mod increases the number of options available including voice, facial features, and body. Basically, it brings back the character creation screen as if you’re starting a new game.

Graphics and Reshades

There’s a huge number of graphic mods, especially reshades, available on Nexus. However, this is a very subjective matter of taste and I recommend you to just check what’s available for yourself and pick the enhancement you prefer. Just remember that, to apply reshades, you need to install the tool ReShade.

Radio Stations

Similarly to graphics and reshades, music is also a matter of personal taste. It suffices to say that there are many mods that change the radio stations of Night City with custom radios that host loads of different genres. From Industrial Metal to ’80s Retrowave and Sythwave, you’re sure to find your thing in the audio section of Nexus. After testing a few mods, it seems safe to say that radio mods are all compatible with patch 1.5.

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