Best Cyberpunk 2077 PC mods for performance, graphics, and more

Cyberpunk 2077
Cyberpunk 2077 (Image credit: CD PROJEKT RED)

Cyberpunk 2077 is one hell of a game, with many considering it to be one of the best role-playing games on PC and my colleague Jez Corden even labeling it as a "contender for best game ever made" in his Cyberpunk 2077 review. That being said, it's far from perfect, and many players have quite a few gripes with the title. The majority of these issues are with the game's performance and stability, but there are also things about the gameplay and visuals that could be better as well.

It's possible that CD PROJEKT RED, the developer and publisher behind Cyberpunk 2077, may patch in improvements for these areas in the future. However, until that happens, we highly recommend downloading and installing some of the awesome community mods that address the above issues, add new features to the game, and more. Here are all of the best Cyberpunk 2077 PC mods that are available now.

Best Cyberpunk 2077 mods: What you'll need

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Before you get started with the fun Cyberpunk 2077 mods, there are some baseline mods you should install to make your modding experience smoother. Firstly, there's the Cyberpunk 2077 Mod Manager. This simple program will automate the installation process for the vast majority of the mods for you, and using it is a breeze since the UI is clean and minimalist.

Secondly, installation of the CP77 Tools is highly recommended. These tools allow modders to extract the game's files for tinkering, and it's also used for repacking files as well, which is something you may need to do in order to make certain mods work. It's a little complicated to use, but the community-made wiki for it will help guide you through the process.

Finally, you're going to need ReShade if you want to make use of the different presets that community members have made to improve or change Cyberpunk 2077's visuals. ReShade can be used to tweak colors and inject some cool post-processing effects, so I highly recommend installing it if you're a graphics nut. Check my guide on how to install ReShade for PC games for instructions on installation.

Best Cyberpunk 2077 mods: Performance mods

These mods will considerably improve the performance of Cyberpunk 2077, either by making tweaks to the game's underlying code or by unlocking hidden settings for you to adjust.

Cyber Engine Tweaks

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This mod makes some beneficial tweaks to Cyberpunk 2077's engine that solves issues the base game has with both Intel and AMD CPUs. As a result of this, you could see an FPS increase of up to 10-15, which is excellent. The mod also adds a fun debug menu that you can use to give yourself items, spawn in NPCs, and more, which is a cool bonus. Overall, we consider this mod a must-have, especially since a few other mods out there require having it installed. You can download it here.

Unlock Global Illumination Settings (and more)

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This mod makes it so that you can adjust some hidden settings that are relevant to performance, such as global illumination and resolution scaling. It also lets you make advanced changes to FOV, mouse sensitivity, and zoom sensitivity as well. Download it here.

Config Overhaul

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This mod unlocks some additional hidden settings not opened up by "Unlock Global Illumination Settings," including specific types of fogs and screen-space reflections. Turning these down or off will give you a bit of an FPS boost, which may help you hit your FPS target. Download it here.

Optimized Raytracing

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If you play Cyberpunk 2077 with ray tracing on, this mod will help make it so that the setting is less taxing on your system. Paired with NVIDIA DLSS, this mod will make Cyberpunk's ray tracing easier to enjoy than ever before. Download it here.

Best Cyberpunk 2077 mods: Graphics mods

These mods will either improve the visual appearance of Cyberpunk 2077 or change it in interesting ways that many people will enjoy.

Alternate Character Lighting

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This mod disables the "rim lighting" that characters have around their models (including your own character) when they're in a dark place. While this effect does help with visual clarity, it looks a bit wonky in darker areas. Therefore, using this mod to disable it is a nice way to make your photo mode images and overall gameplay experience look more natural. You can get the mod here.

Cyberpunk Autonomous ReShade - True HDR

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If your monitor doesn't support high dynamic range (HDR), this simple yet elegant ReShade preset will emulate its effects in Cyberpunk 2077. With this preset, your game will look sharper and more vibrant thanks to its use of subtle post-processing effects and the tweaks it makes to color. Get it here.


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This is a neat little ReShade preset that makes Cyberpunk 2077 look like a Borderlands game. It does this by using post-processing to emulate cell shading while also brightening up the image to cartoon-like levels. If you want your game to look unique and different, this preset will be perfect for you. Grab it here.

Best Cyberpunk 2077 mods: Gameplay mods

These mods will enhance or alter your Cyberpunk 2077 gameplay experience in interesting ways.

Better Vehicle Handling

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The vehicle handling in Cyberpunk 2077 is, to put it bluntly, terrible. This mod aims to fix that problem by making the driving controls more responsive and by making certain vehicles spin out of control much less. You can download it here.

Better Minimap

This lightweight mod makes it so that you can zoom the minimap in or out as you see fit, and you can also adjust the opacity of it as well. While small, this addition is appreciated for people who care a lot about customizing their UI. You can pick the mod up here. Make sure you install CP77 Tools first, as you'll need it.

Alternate Crowd Behavior and Other Tweaks

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This mod tweaks Cyberpunk 2077's NPC AI by improving their pathing logic and increasing how much they interact with one another on the street. This makes the game feel more alive. Additionally, this mod also improves enemy combat AI so that they make decisions quicker. This makes them feel more active and responsive in fights, which is much appreciated since the vanilla AI is often rather stupid. You can get the mod here.

Instant Disassembling and Crafting

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This mod makes it so that the process of disassembling and crafting items is instantaneous. This quality-of-life change will benefit every player who's sick of having to hold down a key to perform these actions. You can download the mod here.

JB - TPP MOD WIP Third Person

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If you were disappointed to learn that Cyberpunk 2077 doesn't have a third-person perspective mode like many other RPGs, this mod will make your day. It adds a fully functional third-person camera to the game, complete with several customization options. Some of the animations are a bit wonky, especially in combat, but thankfully the mod comes with an option that lets you automatically go into first-person when the fighting starts. Maybe one day the community will make custom animations to go with this mod. You can get it here.

Best Cyberpunk 2077 mods: Miscellaneous mods

These mods don't exactly fit into any one category, but we think that they're interesting and cool nonetheless.

Climate Change

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This mod completely disables sunny weather and replaces it with the weather of your choice, such as rain or fog. Since sunny weather is active in the game 90% of the time or so, your chosen weather will replace it and be active for most of your playthrough. If you're sick of Cyberpunk 2077's default sunny weather and want to change things up, this is a great mod. You can get it here.

Arasaka Appearance Updater

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This is a nifty little application that allows you to alter your character's hairstyle through save file editing. It's not as elegant or streamlined as a dedicated in-game haircut mechanic, but it's nevertheless invaluable if you want to change your character's hair. Pick the mod up here.

No Intro Videos

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Are you sick and tired of having to watch the Cyberpunk 2077 intro videos every time you boot the game up? So is everyone else in existence. Thankfully, this mod disables them completely, allowing you to jump into gameplay much faster. You can download the mod here.

Your thoughts

What do you think of the mods we showcased here? Are there any big ones you think we missed? Let us know. We'll make sure to update the list as more awesome mods get developed.

Cyberpunk 2077 is available now for $60 on Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, Xbox One consoles, PlayStation 4 and 5, and on Windows 10 PCs. Keep in mind that you'll need the PC version to use mods (check out our guide to the best Skyrim: Special Edition mods for Xbox One if you want to enjoy the wonders of modding on console). For more on Cyberpunk 2077, don't miss our Cyberpunk 2077 must-know tips for building a character, making money, and more.

Brendan Lowry

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