Should you betray Dex in the Cyberpunk 2077 Heist mission?

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Want to betray Dex and cut him out in Cyberpunk 2077 as part of The Heist mission? The choice feels substantial and in a sense it is, but it's a short-term impact, not a long-term one, so don't feel too worried about wrecking your reputation as a gun-for-hire. That being said, it's easy to think it might do: not betraying fixers like Dex is seen as the One Big Rule in Night City for cyberpunk edgerunners, the one line you don't cross because... well, who'd ever work with you after that point? And if there's one person you surely don't want to annoy, it's somebody who has the phone number for every contract killer for miles around ready to go at a moment's notice... Regardless, in this guide I'll lay out the consequences of choosing to cut Dex out in Cyberpunk 2077 for Evelyn Parker, or whether you stay true to your word.

Should you agree to work for Evelyn Parker and cut Dex out in Cyberpunk 2077?

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Betraying Dex in Cyberpunk 2077 comes up when you first speak to Evelyn Parker, after the braindance in a mission called The Information. (This is when you review the braindance to case out the robbery location for Dex.) When you're done and about to leave she'll raise the idea of cutting Dex out, so you and her can split the money. Not messing with fixers is pretty much the only rule in Night City that people stick to which technically makes it a bad idea. Conversation options then let you say you'll think about it, or you're not interested. At this point it doesn't really matter what you say as it won't make any difference either way to how things play out for now.

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Should you tell Dex that Evelyn wanted to cut him out? 

Cyberpunk 2077 tell Dex that Evelyn wanted to cut him out?

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The crunch time for whether to betray Dex and cut him out or not comes when you meet him before the big robbery in the Heist mission. You, Jackie and T-bug will all meet to go over plans before you start. As you go over the details a conversation option appears to let you tell Dex about Evelyn Parker. If you ignore it, nothing happens - Dex doesn't know and you carry on with the mission as normal. If you choose to tell him instead about what she was scheming, he'll brush it off with barely a mention - because that sort of thing happens all the time apparently - and then increase your job payout to 40% for being honest. 

However, for reasons we won't give away here you won't actually get paid and you don't have to worry about Dex at all long term in the story. So it's all a bit of decoy decision that feels like it has an impact but ultimately has no real effect whatsoever. Whatever you say things will play out in exactly the same way and you'll reach the same point later, so don't lose sleep over this one.

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Leon Hurley
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