The Pickup is one of the main missions in Cyberpunk 2077 that you can undertake after completing The Ride. In this guide, we will provide you with step-by-step instructions and multiple approaches to complete this mission. We will cover how to choose between contacting the Militech Agent or going in without her help, how to find the mole, how to free Brick, and how to decrypt the Militech chip.
Step 1: Choosing your approach
- At the beginning of the mission, you need to decide whether you want to call the Militech Agent for assistance or go in without her help. Note that your choice here will have consequences in the future.
Step 2: Going in Guns Blazing
- If you choose to go in aggressively, you can bypass conversations and immediately start combat by destroying turrets and mines at the entrance of the Militech base. You can fight Royce at the end or stealthily make your way to the exit.
Step 3: Meeting the Militech Agent
- If you decide to work with the Militech Agent, call Meredith Stout and arrange a meeting under an overpass in Watson. During the conversation, use lifepath-based responses if available. Meredith will ask you to pay for the bot with a Militech Datashard.
Step 4: Decrypting the Militech Credit Chip
- Open your menu and go to the Shards section in your journal. Find the Militech Datashard and solve the codes to decrypt the chip. The goal is to copy the daemon and clean the money. Make sure to do a manual save before attempting this in case of mistakes.
Step 5: Meeting Jackie
- Meet Jackie on the side of the road and discuss Maelstrom with him. Choose your plan to deal with them, which can involve doubt, paying with the Militech Datashard, or buying the bot off them.
Step 6: Getting into Maelstrom’s Base
- Follow Jackie to the All Foods gate and let them know Dex sent you. Explore the base, collect items, and be cautious of mines. Reach the closed door and enter the Maelstrom lobby.
Step 7: Proof of the Mole
- Find the terminal in the Maelstrom lobby and read the messages. The Transports – LOA message reveals the Militech mole.
Step 8: Freeing Brick
- Locate Brick in a locked room between two elevated subrooms. Use either hacking or the code found in an email to unlock the door. Disable the laser mine pointed at Brick and free him.
Step 9: Fighting Through the Maelstrom Base
- Engage in combat with Militech enemies while the Maelstrom gang assists you. Use cover, grenades, and stealth takedowns to your advantage. Loot the area for additional items.
Step 10: Battle of the Mechs
- In the final room, eliminate the Militech mechs and enemies. Use grenades and take advantage of critical damage spots on the mechs. Loot the area before leaving.
Step 11: Side with Militech
- If you choose to side with Militech, give the corrupted Militech Shard to Maelstrom or incapacitate Royce. Engage in combat with Maelstrom on your own. Note that Militech won’t intervene, so be prepared for a challenging fight.
Step 12: Chat with Jackie and Dex
- After completing the mission, have a conversation with Jackie and call Dex to report on the job. Sell your items at a Drop Point and continue to the next missions.
Remember to consider the consequences of your choices and play according to your preferred playstyle. Good luck with The Pickup mission in Cyberpunk 2077!