Exploration of the Night City is one of the basic activities in Cyberpunk 2077. Even if you are not a fan of exploring locations, you will be forced to move around the map in order to reach your objective. On this tutorial page, you will learn about the most important aspects of the game world: regions, movement, object icons, quick scanning of the environment, and searching for secrets.
The world in the game has been divided into seven different regions. The Night City includes the City Center, Watson, Pacifica, Heywood, Westbrook, and Santo Domingo districts. Outside the city, you will visit a region called Badlands, a dangerous land inhabited by the Nomads.
Cyberpunk 2077 story will lead you through all regions, but access to each region is available from the beginning of the game (after the prologue). The map has no limits - you can visit all regions right away. Remember, however, that there is no level scaling in the game. This means that you can get to a location where enemies will be too strong for your current level.
The first time you enter a given region, you will unlock the map of it with its icon marks - that way, you will know the location of traders, various services, or quest places. After discovering a new region, you will also receive a phone call from the local fixer - a person who commissions jobs for mercenaries. This will give you access to the next side missions.
Moving around the map
The map in Cyberpunk 2077 is quite large, but fortunately, you can travel through the city with motorcycles or cars. The vehicles are very diverse - in the game, you will find both small cars, sports cars, or luxury limousines. During the story missions, you will receive two free vehicles - a motorcycle and a car. You can buy more for credits (you will receive sales offers via SMS) or receive them as a reward for completing some quests.
We have described the topic of vehicles on several separate pages of the guide:
- Vehicles - what types are in the game?
- A car - how to steal?
- Vehicle – how to call?
- Car - how to repair?
Another way to move around the map is a fast travel. In order to do so, you need to find the point of fast travel - these are places marked on the map with blue icons. From one point, you can immediately move to another. You will unlock fast travel points by discovering new regions.
Fast travel is described in more detail on a separate page of the guide: Fast Travel - how to use?
Object icons and quick scan
While exploring, it is worth to pay attention to the colorful icons appearing above the items that can be collected. They are used to differentiate between quality categories of items:
- Common item - white
- Uncommon item - green
- Rare item - blue color
- Epic item - purple color
- Legendary item - orange
In addition, a quick scan makes it easier to explore the world of Cyberpunk 2077. It will give you detailed information about the environment. You will see the weak points of your opponents, and be able to hack nearby objects and enemies.
Hacking the enemies and objects is described in detail on a separate page of the guide - Hacking.
Secrets and collectibles
The main secrets in Cyberpunk 2077 are Tarot Cards and Silverhand's items - the locations of all these are described on separate pages of the guide. Additionally, on the world map, you will see a lot of question marks. In the locations marked with a question marks, you can start side quests and any other activities. What's more, by hovering over a given question mark, you will see the predicted level of danger.