The Mantis Blades are the most iconic weapons available in Cyberpunk 2077, turning V’s arms into lethal blades. The weapons not only give you the ability to slice and dice your enemies, but also allow you to lock onto a target and leap towards it to deal heavy damage by means of cutting and skewering. The fact that they can be used so swiftly with intense attack speed makes equipping them a recipe for destruction. The Mantis Blades have the ability to cause over 400 damage every second that they are used.
This deadly cyberware enhancement is normally very expensive, but early on in the game you have the opportunity to obtain a pair of Mantis Blades for no price at all. Open up your map and find the City Center. Arrive at the big roundabout at Corpo Plaza and take the road that heads northwest. Following this road and making a right will lead you to a three-way junction.
You should be able to see a tall yellow building with the numbers ‘09’ on it. Across the street from the tall yellow building, you will find the Night City Center for Behavioral Health that has an alleyway along the left side. Going down that alleyway will prompt a call from Regina Jones, who warns you about a rogue Tyger hunter in the area you are arriving at. The cyberpsycho is very difficult to fight at a low level but you don’t have to face him in order to get the Mantis Blades.
After Regina hangs up the phone, a mission identifier will appear through the door down the alleyway. Before heading through the door, make sure that you save the game. In some cases the Mantis Blades won’t appear, but after loading that save, will put you back in front of the door before the weapons appear.
Looking through the doorway, the yellow mission identifier will be placed over some dead bodies on the ground while the cyberpsycho is a good distance away. There is a box against the right side wall that contains all kinds of loot, including the Mantis Blades. The cyberpsycho will notice you when you run over to the box, but you will have enough time to take the loot and leave without having to fight him.
Once you’ve received your Mantis Blades, you need to go to a Ripperdoc in order to install them into your arms. To find a Ripperdoc, look on your map for wherever there is a pair of scissors as a symbol for a location.
It doesn’t matter what level you are, this method will grant you the most sought-after weapon in the game. So go get your Mantis Blades and carve enemies to pieces like the villain from Terminator 2.