Cyberpunk 2077 is a game loaded with content, from extreme Ripperdoc upgrades to expensive cars all the way to Iconic weaponry. The Skippy pistol is one such pistol. With the ability to automatically lock onto headshots and a scaling trait to keep it constantly at your level, this is worth picking up no matter how far along you are. While it may be easy to find, there are a few caveats that should be learned about before you take the plunge.
Where to find Skippy in Cyberpunk 2077
Located in central Heywood, you will find this yellow unnamed quest marker. Go up to it to find a dead body and a small pistol next to it. As you might guess, this is Skippy. Picking it up greets you to some dialogue and its funny animations as it speaks. This pistol is a derivation of the "HJKE-AA Yukimura," a weapon you've likely used and outperformed form levelling up.
This is where Skippy comes in. One of its two central mechanics is its ability to upgrade automatically. It scales with your level and only increases with time, making it a pretty solid backup weapon. The grind in Cyberpunk 2077 is perpetual, often meaning your entire loadout can change very quickly; this is a good way of guaranteeing progression with time.
Its other central mechanic is its lock-on software. Upon grabbing it for the first time, you will be faced with two options. Set the gun to puppy-loving pacifist mode or to stone-cold killer. As you might expect, this option is not as straightforward as it appears.
Which choice should you make?
The pacifist mode targets limbs exclusively, where the stone-cold killer targets heads. One might think this is a no-brainer (sorry for the bad joke) but it's not. After getting 50 kills with either configuration, it will swap to the other. For pacifist mode, you have to intentionally ignore or cast aside what the gun says for it to change to killer mode. This means to get the most out of it, you should pick the pacifist mode, kill 50 baddies, and ignore the gun when it mentions its swapping to the other configuration.
After this fiasco is over and a few days of killing bad dudes and finishing quests, it will request to be brought back to its owner in the quest "Machine Gun." Declining that request will make the gun turn on you and cease operation. For this reason, if you would like to keep this skull-crushing machine, you should initially pick the pacifist mode and agree to bring it back to its owner a few days later. Simply accept the quest and don't show up to keep it for as long as you like. The gun will be fully operational and you never technically have to finish the quest.
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