How Cyberpunk 2077 Skippy the smart pistol works and what to do during Machine Gun

Cyberpunk 2077 Skippy
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The Cyberpunk 2077 Skippy smart pistol is a unique weapon that has a ring of Borderlands to it, with a wisecracking personality that will comment on your kills, reloading and general gun activity in Cyberpunk 2077. It also unlocks a new mission, called Machine Gun after you've used him. 

Finding the Skippy smart pistol in Cyberpunk 2077 is another matter though as it's just in an alley somewhere - if you know where that is you can just walk up and grab it. If you don't, then it's just luck if you happen on it while exploring. Fortunately, we've found it and can tell you where to get it, how it's Stone Cold Killer or Puppy-Loving Pacifist modes work, and what the Machine Gun mission you unlocks gets you.

Cyberpunk 2077 Skippy location

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First up is where you can find Skippy in Cyberpunk 2077. He's on a random corpse down an alleyway in the Vista Del Rey suburb of Night City, found in the east side of Heywood. It's marked on the map as an undiscovered location, south of the College St fast travel point.

From the point, turn south down the street and cross the road. Right before Saeko's – the big bluey-green building with enormous metal pillars at the front – there'll be some graffiti on a red wall by an alleyway. Jump over the gate and Cyberpunk 2077 Skippy will be on the ground by a corpse.

Cyberpunk 2077 Skippy explained

Cyberpunk 2077 Skippy

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When you pick up Cyberpunk 2077 Skippy, the chirpy chap will introduce himself to you. Explore the dialogue options he gives – including asking if his name is really Skippy, and if you can change it – and eventually you'll need to choose between Stone Cold Killer or Puppy-Loving Pacifist mode.

The gist of it is this: Stone Cold Killer means Skippy will exclusively get headshots, but Puppy-Loving Pacifist will only shoot enemies in the legs. Picking Stone Cold Killer is the obvious choice, but before you do, there's a catch.

No matter which mode you pick, after you get 50 kills with Skippy, he will automatically change to the other mode with no way of reversing it. So if you want Stone Cold Killer mode permanently, use Skippy for 50 kills in Puppy-Loving Pacifist mode first.

Cyberpunk 2077 Skippy Machine Gun quest

Cyberpunk 2077 Skippy

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Eventually, when you've had Cyberpunk 2077 Skippy for a few days, he'll pipe up with information on who his original owner is. You'll begin the Machine Gun quest which requires you to take Skippy back to Regina – the NCPD fixer in Night City, who you'll have spoken to plenty of times before – because she's his original owner.

Regina is based in a building adjacent to Lizzie's Club. When you go inside and present him to her, you have the option of handing him over, or you can turn and walk away. Giving Skippy to Regina will complete the quest and net you about 7k in cash. If Skippy is stuck in Puppy-Loving Pacifist mode then this is probably worth it because he's a bit useless, but Skippy is seriously powerful in Stone Cold Killer mode, so we'd recommend hanging onto him. Either way, that's all you need to know about Skippy in Cyberpunk 2077.

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