Choices matter in Cyberpunk 2077 and the Second Conflict side quest is one of the better examples that teach you how past decisions can make life easier or harder for you further down the line.
Before you can start Cyberpunk 2077’s Second Conflict side job, you’ll need to complete Holdin’ On. Both are part of a longer chain of side quests that involves Johnny Silverhand. Below, we’ll explain how your decisions in one particular main quest impact this mission, as well as what is the best choice at the end of the side job. Spoilers follow.
After talking to Nancy, Cyberpunk 2077’s Second Conflict side quest sends you to the Totentanz, a location in the northern part of Watson. Who you meet inside is determined by your choices during The Pickup – one of the game’s main missions – which in turn determines how easy a time you’ll have getting out with Nancy.
If you freed Brick and shot Dum Dum and Royce during The Pickup, the former will be here. Having Brick in the Totentanz ensures that there won’t be any conflict and you’ll be able to finish this bit of Second Conflict quicker.
If, instead, you didn’t save Brick and shot Dum Dum and Royce, Patricia will meet you inside. The moment you see her, you should start preparing for battle, as you’ll eventually be taken to a backroom after which all hell breaks loose.
Lastly, should Dum Dum and Royce continue to be alive, you’ll have the option of either shooting all of the goons inside or sneaking out. If you choose the latter, Nancy can handle herself, while you use the window in the men’s bathroom to get out undetected. You’ll still have to head back in and avoid the hostile NPCs inside, though, so if stealth isn’t your cup of tea, there’s always the option of shooting everything.
Regardless of the outcome above, you’ll end up outside with Nancy, after which you’ll eventually make your way to Denny’s mansion in North Oak. Scanning the tire tracks at the entrance leads you to find Henry and Denny in the back. Here, you’ll have to choose which of them accompanies you on stage, as they vehemently refuse to play together.
This choice affects who appears on stage with you alongside certain dialog options you end up getting in a future quest. That being said, there don’t seem to be any significant story or gameplay consequences to your choice, so pick the character you like more.
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