Should You Save Takemura in Cyberpunk 2077? – Answered


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As one of the most interesting characters in Cyberpunk 2077, Goro Takemura plays a significant role in the storyline. However, is saving Takemura the best option? Or will leaving him to die be better?

Should You Save Takemura in Cyberpunk 2077? - Answered

Throughout your playthrough, you learn about Goro Takemura, his past, and what defines him as a character. Therefore, it’s almost inevitable for you, as a player, not to develop a kinship with the disgraced Arasaka bodyguard. And although, lore-wise, there are multiple reasons why you shouldn’t necessarily stick your neck out for the guy, saving him is still the better option. Read on to find out why.

Should You Save Takemura in Cyberpunk 2077?

A screenshot of Goro Takemura in Cyberpunk 2077.
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During the second half of the mission “Search and Destroy,” a chaotic scene breaks out. While on a secret rendevous with Hanako Arasaka and Goro Takemura, a couple of Arasaka soldiers break into the abandoned apartment building. As they bomb the place to the ground, the floor beneath you collapses, and you lose consciousness. Once you come around, you see Johnny Silverhand encouraging you to save yourself and leave Takemura for dead.

Through this point, most players simply follow the main quest line and get out without saving Takemura. However, players don’t realize that there is a hidden objective to save him.

If players choose to leave Takemura to die, he will no longer appear in any of the succeeding missions. But by choosing to save him, he will survive this ordeal and appear in missions after that, particularly in the final mission. So, if you completely experience all the endings of Cyberpunk 2077, you must save Takemura.

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How to Save Takemura in Cyberpunk 2077?

Right after you meet with Hanako, Arasaka gets interrupted by soldiers marching into the room; you fall through to the ground floor of the apartment building and faint. As you regain control of your character, you will see Johnny Silverhand telling you to get out, and you will be given only one objective: Escape the apartment.

Johnny Silverhand will tell you to stay low at the end of the hall. The questmarkers from here will indicate that the way out is through to the right side. From this point on, following the waypoint on your map will automatically lead you toward exiting the apartment. If you choose to save Takemura, you must go to the left. You will find a small gap on the wall to your left. Crouch and pass through it.

On the ground floor area

A screenshot of Johnny Silverhand during the "Search and Destroy" mission in Cyberpunk 2077.
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Once you pass through the gap, you will immediately see that armored Arasaka soldiers are patrolling the area. You are then faced with two options: sneak past them or run guns blazing.

If you plan to sneak past them, use the quick hack “Distract Enemies” to hack all the electronics in the area. This will be enough to distract them so they move out of your path entirely or take them down from behind. As an alternative, you can simply fight your way through.

Whichever method you choose, you must continue until you find the stairs leading to the third floor. Going up the stairwell, you will be met with an enemy. You can wait for them to pass or fight them to get to the next floor.

On the third floor area

A screenshot of Goro Takemura escaping with V during the "Search and Destroy" mission in Cyberpunk 2077.
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Upon reaching the third floor, this location will have more enemies. Takemura will be in room 303. Past this point, combat is almost unavoidable, so be prepared. Three soldiers will be at the end of the hallway, and more will come down the stairs from the fourth floor.

As you enter the room, you will find Takemura on the right side of the room, surrounded by enemies. You need to take them all down to rescue Takemura. Once freed, he will suggest exiting the building through the empty rooms on the right. Go out of the room and follow the quest markers. There will be a couple of armored Arasaka soldiers along the way, and you must fight to pass through.

Continue right down the hallway until you reach room 307. Once inside, go to the back of the apartment until you find a large hole in the floor. When you jump down, you will find yourself in a room with a single flight of stairs. One Arasaka soldier will be waiting for you at the bottom of the stairwell. Take them down and exit through the open door.

When you get outside, a short cutscene with Takemura will play through. He will tell you to go separate ways for a higher chance of survival. From here on out, you won’t see or hear from Takemura again until you reach the final mission, where he will play a major role in helping you take down Adam Smasher to get to Yorinobu Arasaka.

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