Cyberpunk 2077: How to Defeat the Chimera


In perhaps one of the most predictable “twists” in sci-fi gaming history, the large robot who is briefly on your side in Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty‘s Spider and the Fly mission early on ends up going rogue and turning against you. Who could have seen that coming? After a brief chase sequence, it’s time for you to face down the Chimera, full name Chimera 0005-C M, and finally decommission it for good.

As a very early boss encounter in Phantom Liberty, the Chimera truthfully isn’t too much of a nuisance, especially if you’re playing from an endgame save you’re carrying over from the base game. Despite the hints to shoot for its weak points, there aren’t any that are massively obvious, but what you have to do is shoot at its sections that aren’t covered in plating; shooting those plated sections will eventually destroy them anyway, and we’d recommend an automatic weapon like a Copperhead or even one of the turrets conveniently dotted around to do significant damage to it. If Myers is distracting the Chimera, you can put out a tonne of damage on the back of its “head”.

Unless you’re playing on the higher difficulties, you should be able quite easily tank a lot of the damage it puts out, except for the laser beam that circles around the battle arena and deals pretty significant damage. Simply get behind a column or jump over the beam to avoid this fairly obvious attack. Apart from this, the Chimera does surprisingly little damage as a walking tank.

After the first segment of its health bar has depleted, the Chimera will send out drones to both attack you and heal. Prioritise the healing drones so you basically don’t have to redo all the damage you’ve put out. As long as you keep avoiding its fairly telegraphed attacks, V will be able to clamber aboard and finish it off once its health gets down to about 2%.

Be sure to pick up its core after the battle as your reward.

Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty is available on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series.

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