Cyberpunk 2077 Romance guide | romanceable character options list for male and female V
Like many player choice driven RPGs, Cyberpunk 2077 features a few different romanceable characters you can become romantically involved with. These romance options range from one-night stands to more serious, story-impacting relationships.
We'll keep this nice and simple. On this page, we'll offer up a full Cyberpunk 2077 romance options list for both male & female V, so going into the game you know who you might want to get to know a little deeper in your own Night City story.
We'll try to keep this guide as spoiler-free as possible, but please be aware that we can't talk about romanceable characters without touching on certain aspects of some side jobs and main story missions. Consider yourself warned.
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Cyberpunk 2077 Romance Options: V's Love Interest Relationships
Your love interests vary a little based on if you're a masculine or feminine version of protagonist V. This appears to be based on your body type. There are basically 4 main characters you can get involved with in the game:
These are the core four romantic interests. Comitting to them changes certain endings of the game - though the detail depends on which you get. For more information on that, check out our Cyberpunk 2077 endings guide.
There's also some distractions and story-specific love moments outside of these four. We list all those below. Before we do, a quick note on dialogue choices...
Cyberpunk 2077 Romance Dialogue Choices
Dialogue Choices are prevalent in Cyberpunk 2077, but try not to worry too much about them if you're shooting for a specific romance. The dialogue options are generally very, very clear - there will be options that will push the relationship forward and options that will not.
This is not the sort of game where you can accidentally close off a relationship by saying something innocent-seeming.
In Cyberpunk, romances are nice and clear - so just choose the obviously flirty and romantic options, and you'll easily progress the relationship.
This isn't Persona. You won't need a dialogue choices guide. Just follow the obvious options. What we do list is the quests you'll need to undertake to meet and advance these stories, however.
With that said, here's the romanceable characters list:
Judy Alvarez romance
You'll meet Judy relatively early on in the game - she's introduced as part of the prologue in the run up to the big heist with Jackie, acting as your Braindance operator for your intel gathering BD session and BD tutorial. Judy is only romanceable only by a V with both a feminine body type and a feminine voice tone.
Once out of the first part of the game, you'll have the option to call Judy as part of the main story - this is optional, but you should do it.
Soon enough, Judy will be given her own specific string of side jobs, all of which ultimately end up being about helping to attempt to liberate Clouds, the establishment you visit on Jig Jig Street earlier in the game. As a side job, this is not just one quest, but a string of different quests that Judy gives you over time.
In a mission called Pisces, Maiko will present a plan. You should refuse to go along with Maiko's plan in order to keep the Judy romance on track. After that, Complete all of Judy's quests and they'll culminate in a unique quest called Pyramid Song.
When on the Pyramid Song quest, you'll have an opportunity to initiative a physical encounter with Judy - which you obviously want to do. The morning after, she will ask you what it meant. If you want to be in a relationship, tell her it was the beginning of something special.
If you do this, Judy will give you access to her apartment. You can sleep there, hang out with her there, and stash your weapons there (note, this is a separate, unique stash to the trunk of your car or your home apartment). Being in a comitted relationship with Judy can also impact your ending - depending on which of Cyberpunk's many endings you get.
River Ward romance
River is the next romance option up, albeit only for a V with a feminine body type. Unlike many of the other romances, River doesn't appear in the main story path of Cyberpunk 2077 at all: instead, you have to find him through a side quest. At one point you'll get a call that'll offer up the quest I Fought the Law - take it.
River doesn't appear in this quest at first - instead you're helping a candidate for Night City mayor and his wife. But during the ensuing investigation, you'll meet NCPD detective River Ward - and he'll actually eventually get back in touch with you for help with another case. This is the side job The Hunt - prioritize it if you want to romance River.
In 'The Hunt', you'll need to save the life of Randy and ensure that River does not die. To do this, you need to make sure that you choose the right farm when trying to figure out the location, and then head straight there. To ensure you do this, make sure you see every single piece of evidence in the three-part Braindance River shows you. In particular, make sure you catch two specific clues in the third part - the solar panel at around 25-30 second mark, and the farm number at around a minute in, found on the wall by the gates. If you fail to do this, note that the correct Farm is called "Edgewood". When there, don't leave - if you do, you'll leave River alone and he'll die. You can't romance him then!
The Hunt is actually one of the more notable side quests in the game, with a harrowing reveal at the center of it. Once the quest is complete, make sure you indicate your romantic interest to River in dialogue and then wait out for River to call you. Eventually he does, and this side job, called Following the River, leads to his romance. It's a cute low-key mission that involves a slice of a calmer life for V.
As with most characters, he'll proposition you for the night. If you spend the night with him, you'll be given the chance to make things into an official romance or not. Having River as your true love interest can have an impact on ending scenes, but it again depends on which you get.
As with Judy, Panam is met through the main story in Cyberpunk 2077. She's a nomad, and you'll be introduced with her by Rogue when you're trying to track down Hellman. Panam can only be romanced by a V with a masculine body type.
You'll have a few opportunities to make a pass at Panam as both male and female V, but in both instances she'll brush you off. Don't panic about this. Everything is going as intended.
The key is to keep it up with her side quests, however. Panam will call you for help and kick off her own side job strand, beginning with the mission Riders on the Storm. This is a particularly cool set of side jobs with major implications for the end of the game if you complete it - so we suggest you do anyway. There's a few steps throughout Panam's story to secure a romance:
- In Riders on the Storm, flirt with Panam at every opportunity.
- At the start of the With a Little Help from My Friends quest, don't tell Saul about Panam's plan. Then, when Panam asks why you're helping her, don't mention money.
Once you reach the mission Queen of the Highway, you'll have a chance to have something of a romantic moment with Panam. Given the option, be sure to say "Oh yeah, let's go" for a special scene. At the end of the quest you can kiss her again to seal the deal. Following the ending path that involves Panam more directly will involve her more closely in V's life.
Kerry Eurodyne is a member of Johnny Silverhand's gang, and you'll meet him as part of the quests Johnny gives to you, where he's trying to tie up loose ends of his life through V. If you go along with Johnny's requests, you'll meet Kerry via breaking into his house and then have an opportunity to get to know him through further quests.
Keep progressing the quest lines involving Kerry. In a quest titled Off the Leash, you'll be able to flirt with him, then you can seal the romance deal during the Boat Drinks side job. feminine V also has a chance to attempt to initiate a kiss, but Kerry won't be interested. Only a V with both a masculine body type and voice can romance Kerry. In that instance, you can initiate a kiss on the boat.
After you get off - and off the boat - you can make the relationship more formal or choose to make it a one-time thing. As with other characters, entering into a more committed relationship with him will change minor things about the final stages of the game.
Joytoys - universal one-off distractions
If you're just in this to see some action: first of all, you're a dirty, dirty dog. But second, Cyberpunk 2077 has you covered, because of course these things are just a commodity in Night City.
To make this happen, you just need to look out for the Joy Toy icon on the map - it's a pair of lips, for kissing, of course. You can find these out in the open world here and there, but the most obvious place to go for this 'romance' subplot - if you can call it romance - is to Jig Jig Street in Japantown, which basically functions as Night City's Red Light District. It's the Westbrook region; just approach them, marked by the lip icon, and pay.
You'll actually visit Jig Jig Street as part of the main story, too, and even have a brief moment with a 'Doll' joytoy, but these scenes are different to that. Obviously this is a one-off thing, and there's options for both masculine and feminine versions of V.
Everybody meets Meredith Stout, but under certain circumstances your V will actually be able to get with her for a brief love scene. This is a one-night stand - no repeats, no commitments. This is pretty simple: in the earliest missions in the game, you'll have choices to make when retrieving the bot. First of all, you'll have to actually choose to meet Stout, which is optional.
Second, when you have the chance, you should use her corrupted shard to pay for the Flathead bot, frying the gang. Later, she'll send you a message inviting you to a tryst at the No-Tell Motel - but it's a one-time thing, strictly business only. One advantage of this encounter is you have an opportunity to pick up a unique, iconic blunt melee weapon from the room where you have your romantic encounter with Meredith Stout.
Story & Johnny Romances
Alt Cunningham - as Johnny
This one is pretty simple. As part of the main story of the game, you'll experience some of Johnny's love life in a flashback, where he as a scene with Alt Cunningham. Alt is an important character - more important than this scene suggests.
Rogue Amendiares - as Johnny
This is another Johnny romance of sorts, though this happens in the present day. Over time, you'll get requests from Johnny to let him take control of your body or to help him resolve certain left-over threads from his mortal life in Night City. This plot line starts in earnest with the 'Chippin' In' quest, and continues from there. Choose to help him with this stuff and you'll eventually open up the Tapeworm mission where you can go on a date with Rogue. This mission actually leads to some other crucial side jobs we recommend you do.