Knight City Gangs in Cyberpunk 2077. Haitian Netrunners, Combat Prostitutes and Eastern Europeans

Knight City Gangs in Cyberpunk 2077. Haitian Netrunners, Combat Prostitutes and Eastern Europeans


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Even though corporations hold all power in Knight City, numerous gangs make rules on the streets. Typically, they control a specific area or part of a district in a city. On the in-game map, you can always see which gang is operating where. But you can also understand who owns the territory visually, for example, by graffiti or cars with the appropriate symbols. And it is quite difficult to confuse the members of the group with each other: they all adhere to their own style.


While corporations may appear to be the only significant force in Night City, the factions are not too fancy. They are not limited to robbery and illegal business, they can well repulse corporations both in direct confrontation and in the network, even attack corporate convoys. It is a full-fledged component of the Knight City ecosystem, along with corporations, police, mercenaries, fixers and nomads.


Moreover, it cannot be said that the gangs in the world of Cyberpunk 2077 are definitely bad. Some of them even help ordinary people to some extent. For example, "Rogues", though not for free, but protecting sex workers, and "Sixth Street" was founded by security officials who wanted to restore order in the city. And the main character, if desired, can find a common language with the gangs - in this case, everyone will remain in the advantage.


Maelstrom

Members of this gang are technology fanatics, which translates into almost uncontrolled implantation. They are not particularly afraid that from this they lose their human appearance. Rather, on the contrary, getting rid of human weaknesses is their main goal. The group is formed from the previously defeated Metal Warriors, Red Chrome Legion and Iron Sights gangs.


Maelstrom

Having met them on the street, you are unlikely to confuse the Malstremovites with some other gang. They are easily recognized by the number of implants and luminous optics instead of faces. "Malstrom" trades in smuggling, illegal modifications, contract killings and even robbery of corporate convoys (one of these cases occurs in the plot). It is noteworthy that the Malstrom base is located in the abandoned All Foods factory - even here their love for technology is expressed.

Maelstrom Location

Members of the gang are known for their brutality and public punishment. At the same time, they are not averse to forcibly installing a couple or two modifications to whoever falls under their hot hand. For example, during one of the side quests, we learn that they placed implants on a monk against his will (monks do not accept body modifications).


In addition, the group removes the so-called "black" braindans, illegal and cruel, which also makes money.


The gang members are teetering on the brink of cyber psychosis, and the most striking confirmation of this is the new ringleader Royce. You will have to face him quite early, during one of the story missions. It is noteworthy that for all the inadequacy and aggression, it is still possible to come to an agreement with the "Malstrom".


Rascals

This is the youngest gang in Knight City, which formed ten years before the events of the game. Consists mainly of current or former sex workers, anarchists, minorities, vagabonds, and freaks of all kinds. At some point, the sex workers got tired of enduring violence and murder and decided it was time to stand up for themselves.


Rascals

It is based on a conflict between strip club owner Elizabeth "Lizzie" Borden and the Tiger Claws gang. One of her girls was raped and brutally killed by members of the "Claws", for which Elizabeth took revenge on them by hacking the scum with an axe. This symbol, by the way, can be found on the neon sign of the bar. However, the bandits eventually finished off Lizzie, which led to riots and the formation of "Rogue".


neon sign of the bar

The group has since run the bar, which was named after Lizzie. This, by the way, brings them the main income. It is there that we meet Judy, one of the important heroines of the game.


However, despite the good intentions, the protection of "Shelm" is not free, and the methods of work are far from humane. Judy was even partly disappointed in "Rogues", which she herself admits to V in one of the conversations.


Scavengers

The lowest caste among criminals in Knight City. Justifying their name, they watch people on the streets and literally dismantle them for parts. During the game you will have to face them and their victims. And this is not a pleasant sight. Scavengers do not have any influence in the districts and operate throughout the city. Both street prostitutes with cheap implants and rich corporations can fall into their clutches, and if they disassemble them, you can buy a good mansion.


Scavengers

One of these victims, or "donors," as the "Scavengers" themselves call them, was Sandra Dorsett. However, Vee and Jackie found her in time and handed her over to the Trauma Team, in which Dorsett has platinum status, which, as we can see, did not really help her.


Interestingly, many of the gangs in Knight City have distinct ethnicity. And "The Scavengers" are from Eastern Europe, judging by their accent and manner of dress.


Animals

True to their name, Animals do not rely on advanced technology, but on brute strength. They don't really like implants, except for those that help them get stronger. The bandits also use the so-called "juice", a kind of drug that increases strength and speed.


Animals

They do not have their own fixed territory and a single hierarchy: the gang is dispersed in small groups led by an alpha. Alpha is the strongest member of the group, and it doesn't matter if it's a man or a woman. Group members can also be found as bouncers and bodyguards. In Cyberpunk 2077, a group led by the Yeti settled in an unfinished shopping center in the Pacifica area. In the course of the main plot, V will have to face them, completing a story mission for the Voodooists.


A typical representative of the species in its natural habitat

Voodooists

Like the Animals, the name of the group speaks for itself. Despite the fact that there is essentially no religion left in their community, the Voodooists are steeped in Haitian culture and traditions. In fact, they rule the entire diaspora. Territory of influence extends to Pacifica, an area that was once supposed to be a haven for the rich, but has turned into a slum.


Voodooists

They do not like strangers, but according to the plot, V will need to contact them, in particular, with the leader of the group, Mama Brigitte.


Since this is a gang of non-runners, they are mainly engaged in hacking activities: they steal corporate secrets, break into bank accounts, work as mercenaries. The "voodooists" are understandably in conflict with the "Network Watch" - a kind of Internet police in the world of Cyberpunk 2077.


However, the group also has a more global goal - to find out the secrets of the "Old Network" and penetrate the "Black Screen". It is worth explaining here that an event called Datacresh occurred in the world of Cyberpunk, as a result of which network AI began to change and began to pose a threat to corporations. As a result, the "Network Watch" created a protective barrier that separates the wild AIs (those same AIs that have been developing independently for many years) and the surviving segment of the network. What technological advances are hidden behind the barrier, one can only guess.


Tiger claws

The gang is active in Japantown, Little China, Kabuki and Charter Hill. They make money from prostitution, nightclubs, branding lounges and other nightlife entertainment. Chpok Street is located exactly on their territory. By the way, in the Chpok Street area there is a fixer Wakako Okada, with whom V often intersects in the plot.


Tiger claws

The group can be called practically a branch of "Arasaki". With its help, the tops of the corporation do their dirty deeds, while remaining formally clean.


The group values ​​cool bikes

If the "Voodooists" represented the Haitian diaspora, then in the case of the "Tiger's Claws" the influence of Japanese and Chinese cultures is especially evident, and not only on the gang itself, but also on the areas under its control. Members of the "Talons" fight with katanas and apply yakuza-style tattoos to the body, love cars and tuning.


Sixth street

Sixth Street was not always a purely criminal gang. Initially, her goal was to put things in order in cases where you cannot get help from the police. However, by 2077, not a trace remained of the former ideals.


Sixth street

The group has a distinctly militaristic style, which is not surprising given the history of its creation. After the fourth corporate war, many security officials were left without work, which led to the founding of Sixth Street. V encounters one of the gang's soldiers already in the prologue, if you choose the path "Child of the streets".


In the gang there is such a nice girl

Valentino

Interestingly, like Sixth Street, this gang was not originally a criminal gang. But only "Valentino", in fact, were generally harmless. Their goal was just to seduce girls on the streets, that is, they represented something like a pickup community.


Valentino

Nevertheless, in Cyberpunk 2077, this is an already formed gang that operates in Haywood. Continuing the ethnic theme, "Valentino" represents Latin Americans. This is the largest gang in the city, its number is about 6,000 people, followed by the "Tiger Claws" with 5,500 members, and the top three are "Animals" - there are only 2,500-3,000 of them. The rest of the gangs are far behind: "Sixth Street" - 2300, "Malstrem" - 1300, "Rogues" - 200-250. As for the number of "Voodoo", then nothing is known about this.


The Valentino gang is notable for the fact that Jackie Wells was a member of it in his early years, although he did not stay there for a long time, preferring the path of a mercenary.


Of course, these are not all the gangs that exist in the world of Suberpunk. For example, in the game you can find references to the "Steel Dragons", a gang founded by Yerinobu Arasaka. However, they played a significant role in the releases of the board game and have no direct relation to Cyberpunk 2077.

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