cyberpunk 2077 how to beat oda

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Cyberpunk 2077 is filled with compelling characters weaved into its various plotlines, and as you’d expect not all of them are friendly. That includes Sandayu Oda, a cybernetic ninja with deadly Mantis Blades. He’s one of the hardest boss fights in the game, so here we’re breaking down everything you need to know to beat Oda, from understanding his strengths and weaknesses to learning his attack patterns, and finally, executing a clever strategy to take him down. This guide has been updated since its original publish with clearer instructions.

Sandayu Oda Boss Fight Walkthrough

Sandayu Oda is an apprentice of Goro Takemura, a central character in the game’s narrative. He is a loyal bodyguard for the Arasaka corporation and a formidable cyberninja. Armed with deadly Mantis Blades, Oda is known for his agility, speed, and precision.

Oda is not a random character that you can encounter anywhere in the game world. His appearance is scripted as part of the main mission called “Play It Safe,” which unfolds in the Japantown district of Night City. The fight with Oda is unavoidable and is triggered when V (the main character) attempts to disconnect from the Arasaka netrunner’s network.

Before you initiate the boss fight with Oda, make sure you have enough health stims and ammo before the fight. Also, if possible stock up on EMP Grenades, which temporarily disable Oda’s mask. This interferes with his smart weapons, and prevents him from using his homing missiles.

Best Way to Beat Oda in Cyberpunk 2077

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To take Oda out, you’ll want to know what his strengths and weaknesses are, so let’s break that down:


  • Agility: Oda’s speed and nimbleness make him a tough enemy to hit. His swift movements can easily throw off players’ aim.
  • Mantis Blades: These are Oda’s primary weapons. They allow him to deliver rapid and deadly slashes, causing significant damage.
  • SMG with Homing Missiles: Oda can also switch to a long-range weapon—an SMG that fires self-guided missiles.
  • Optical Camouflage: Oda can become almost invisible, enabling him to heal himself or launch surprise attacks.


  • Low Health: Despite his agility and lethal attacks, Oda has relatively low health compared to other bosses.
  • Susceptibility to Electricity: Oda is vulnerable to electric attacks. Using electric-based weapons or quickhacks can be effective.
  • Fragility Against Stun Grenades: Frag grenades can stun Oda, providing a window for players to launch their attacks.

When battling with Oda, maintaining distance is really important. His Mantis Blades do massive damage, so staying out of their reach is a smart move. Use ranged weapons such as assault rifles, precision rifles, or SMGs. Aiming for Oda’s head will deal the most damage. One strategy we like is slowing down time using the Kerenzikov implant to make headshots easier. If you can land the shots, you can even try using a sniper rifle to inflict as much damage as possible.

When Oda switches to his SMG, take cover. The gun fires homing missiles that can deal substantial damage. Locate a solid shield in the arena to protect yourself.

Combat Using Stealth

Another approach is to use stealth. Oda’s optical camouflage allows him to become almost invisible, but it’s still somewhat easy to see his outline anyway. Use your scanner to track his movements when he’s in stealth mode and launch a surprise attack. This will interrupt his healing process and give you an advantage.

Managing Oda’s Attacks

Oda’s attacks can be relentless, but understanding his patterns will help you manage them better.

  • Mantis Blades: Dodge Oda’s Mantis Blade attacks by continuously moving backward while firing at him.
  • Homing Missiles: When Oda is on the catwalks and starts firing homing missiles, seek shelter behind sturdy obstacles.
  • Optical Camouflage: When Oda uses his camouflage, he’s either trying to heal or launch a surprise attack. Use your scanner to track him down and interrupt his healing process. Take note of which direction he ran away in to help you track him down.

Once you’ve found a rhythm, evading Oda’s attacks and then punishing him when his guard is down you should find he’s fairly simple to take down. It’s just a case of learning his weaknesses and exposing his vulnerabilities to chip away at his HP.

That wraps up defeating Sandayu Oda in Cyberpunk 2077. It’s likely to take you a few tries (it probably has already if you’re reading this!) but hang in there. You can check out our list of best weapons and best builds in the game for an extra edge.