Cyberpunk 2077 – How to Level Athletics

Boost your Athletics level with these tips

by Kyle Hanson , Gordon Bicker
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Cyberpunk 2077 has plenty of stats to level up and one of the core skills that you will likely want to level up is Athletics. Who doesn’t love being able to run around with much more stamina? We know just how important this is and now it’s time to share with you the best methods for leveling the skill. This article will take you through how to level athletics in Cyberpunk 2077 with all the tips and tricks you need.

How to Level Athletics Fast in Cyberpunk 2077

Leveling up your character in Cyberpunk 2077 can be a bit overwhelming. There’s XP and Street Cred to worry about right alongside all these other stats you have to keep in mind. Usually, it’s best to just play through the game and see what happens; your character forming around your actual actions rather than a specific intention.

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But often that doesn’t work out and you need to focus on one particular element or stat and level it up fast. Thankfully with Athletics and many others, there are some quick and easy tricks to do it. For Athletics specifically all you need to do is become the most aggressive player you can imagine. And I don’t mean shooting everyone you see.

No, the best way to level up Athletics is to simply start punching and doing other athletic activities all the time. These include the aforementioned punching but also dashing, sliding, climbing, and jumping. The more you do these actions, the more you will level Athletics. The key is making sure you expend your stamina.

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And the best part is that you don’t really need to do these with any purpose or intention. Punch walls nearby or just the air around you. Jump while you walk around Night City or climb every ladder you see. You can also focus on dodging while in combat or just sprinting as much as possible. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing as long as you’re using up your stamina — that is what will level up Athletics. Just make sure you do this because fully leveling up Athletics gives you some great benefits. Here’s what you get at each level.

1N/A – Default
2Increases Carrying Capacity by 20
3One Perk Point
4Increases Stamina by 5%
5Increases Stamina Regen Rate by 10%
6Increases Carrying Capacity by 40
7One Perk point
8One Perk point
9Increases Health by 5%
10One Perk point
11One Perk point
12Max Health +5%
13Increases Carrying Capacity by 100
14One Perk point
15Health regen out of combat +10%
16One Perk point
17Max Health +5%
18Armor +3%
19One Perk point

Best Athletics Bonuses in Cyberpunk 2077

As can be seen above, there are plenty of great bonuses to be acquired from leveling Athletics. While working towards the all-special level 20 for the skill, there are a few other rewards highly worth the time required. We would recommend reaching at least level 13 on Athletics for the extra 100 Carrying Capacity alone. Having that spare space can make all the difference when you want to bring along a lot of gear.

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Another great unlock is the +3% in armor at level 19 and this pairs nicely with the additional increase of max health at level 17. All in all, the free perk points that you will gain as you level athletics can let you unlock other perks that are important to you. Now that you know how to level athletics fast in Cyberpunk 2077, you can jump headlong back into Night City and begin your athletics journey — best of luck!

- This article was updated on June 28th, 2023