Cyberpunk 2077 2.02 Update Guts Guide
Cyberpunk 2077 2.02 Update Guts Guide

Cyberpunk 2077’s 1.6 update added a few Cyberpunk Edgerunners-related items, including an Iconic version of the Carnage shotgun called “Guts”. In the 2.0 update, this gun has seen a massive rework and is now a devastating weapon. In this guide, I’ll show you where to get the gun, I’ll explain what makes it as devastating as it is, and I’ll share a couple of small tips to help you make the most out of it.

Quick tips before I get into the guide:

  • No enemies present. There are no in the area where you get the gun.
  • Available early. You can acquire the weapon as soon as you unlock the ability to venture outside of Watson at the start of Act II.
  • No perks needed. The weapon doesn’t need any perks or any type of special build to be useful, even at Very Hard difficulty.
    • This makes it perfect for builds that can’t spare the perk/attribute points to invest into gun-related perks, such as early/mid-game hacker builds.
  • Easy to use. Being a power shotgun, it’s a weapon that doesn’t have any special attributes that would make it clunky or difficult to use in combat.

Acquisition

To get the gun, you’ll have to make your way to the two giant holographic fish in the Corpo Plaza district of the City Center.

Location of Guts on the world map | Cyberpunk 2077
Location of Guts on the world map
Glass surface above which the holographic fish are projected | Cyberpunk 2077
Glass surface above which the holographic fish are projected

Once you’re there, go to the south-west edge of the area, you’ll see 3 monks praying close to a patch of grass.

Monks behind whom you’ll find the gun | Cyberpunk 2077
Monks behind whom you’ll find the gun

About 10 meters behind them is a large dark-green bush. Guts is lying on the ground below the bush.

Guts on the ground behind the monks | Cyberpunk 2077
Guts on the ground behind the monks
Close-up view of Guts  | Cyberpunk 2077
Close-up view of Guts

Special Properties

Long story short, Guts is the same as its non-iconic counterpart, just better in almost every single way.

  • Magazine size was increased to 6 (from 4).
  • Damage dealt by each projectile was doubled.
  • The projectile count was doubled to 20 (from 10).
  • Effective range was nearly doubled to 12 (from 6.67).
  • Armor penetration was increased to 75% (from 50%).
  • Slightly improved accuracy (by about 5%).

On top of that, killing an enemy with this shotgun will provide you with a temporary buff. This temporary buff lasts for 15 seconds and does the following:

  • +15% damage.
  • +10% critical hit chance.
  • +6.6% attack speed.
  • +18% weapon spread.

This buff stacks up to 5 times, having the following maximum bonuses:

  • +75% damage.
  • +50% critical hit chance.
  • +33% attack speed.
  • +90% weapon spread.

When the maximum bonus is achieved, Guts can easily shred through any enemy in the game, however, be wary of the increased weapon spread, as by the time you reach even 3 stacks, the weapon becomes almost unusable outside of very close range.

Usage Tips

  • Bait enemies into corridors/tight spaces. Due to this weapon’s low accuracy after you accumulate enough stacks of the weapon’s special buff effect, you will struggle at any range past 3-4 meters. 

Baiting the enemies into narrow hallways, around buildings, or even using a Flashbang grenade will allow you to get close enough to make the best out of this weapon.

  • Use a Sandevistan. The Sandevistan synergizes perfectly with this shotgun, as it allows you to overcome its greatest weaknesses. 

Its underwhelming rate of fire is not an issue while using a Sandevistan, and using it also allows you to get as close as you need without worrying about being killed.

  • Pair with the Headhunter. The Iconic Headhunter Punknife is a special knife that, if thrown at an enemy, allows you to deal bonus damage to them. This, when paired with the already absurd damage output of guts, allows you to deal even more damage than most sniper rifles. Guide for the Headhunter here.