What does Overheat mean in Cyberpunk 2077?

Tired of seeing Overheat appear on your screen and not knowing what it means in Cyberpunk 2077? Let's break it down.


Overheat is a common problem that players will get used to seeing during combat in Cyberpunk 2077. Like many of the Quickhacks are your disposal, knowing what Overheat means and how to stop it is going to be vital to making sure you survive the various combat encounters you come across.

What does Overheat mean in Cyberpunk 2077?

Overheat is a technical term for a type of cyberware attack in Cyberpunk 2077. The attack can be initiated on the player, or by the player on enemies. Players will most likely be acquainted with this term due to them coming under the Overheat attack during combat.

what does overheat mean in cyberpunk 2077?
Overheat happens when an enemy netrunner or a camera targets you and tries to hack you.

Basically, when Overheat appears on your screen it means that an enemy is trying to hack you. If successful, the attack will cause you to catch on fire for a short time, lowering the amount of health that you have. While you can simply let the enemy finish the attack and heal the damage away, you can also stop the attack completely.

How to stop Overheat

To stop Overheat, players are going to want to focus their attacks on any cameras in the area, or any enemy netrunners in the immediate vicinity of their current position. You can pick up the passive skill I Spy under the Quickhacking subcategory in the Intelligence attributes to reveal enemy netrunners when they are attempting to hack you. This comes in very handy during later missions where netrunners are far more common.

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The I Spy skill will help you pick up on any netrunners or cameras trying to hack you.

If you manage to kill the enemy that is attacking you—or the camera that is angled on you—then you’ll cancel out the hack. All you really need to do is be vigilante and keep an eye out for enemies looking to break through your defenses.

Now that you know what Overheat means and how to stop it, you can check out our romance guide for more in-depth help with Cyberpunk 2077. Those looking for more pointers can also head back over to our Cyberpunk 2077 guide for the latest information and content about the game.

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    December 13, 2020 6:30 PM

    Josh Hawkins posted a new article, What does Overheat mean in Cyberpunk 2077?

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      December 13, 2020 6:34 PM

      Your are about to catch on fire

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      December 14, 2020 6:10 AM

      "He's heating UP! Naw brotha, I'm on FIRE!
      Dribble dribble shootin three pointers to the drum.
      Try to take my style? BLOWE! And One!
      DJ Twinz in the house for the Nine-Square
      My man Shaft, you don't know you betta assssssssk." - Redman - "Rockafella" (1994)

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      December 14, 2020 6:16 AM

      It's kinda crazy that they hit you with this in the first few hours of gameplay and don't explain any of it.

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        December 14, 2020 6:48 AM

        While watching someone in that first big fight, I saw it pop up a quick "you are being hacked - find the hacker and stop it!" bubble ONE time, the 3rd reload of that section. I.E. he died twice from it without it telling him anything.

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