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Animals are the craziest fucking gang in this city.

— Unkown

The Animals are one of the many gangs in Night City appearing in Cyberpunk 2077. The Animals are a gang that put their attention towards becoming peak human ability as possible. They are the strongmen of the 2070s.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Animals are an aggressive street-fighting boostergang from west Pacifica that emphasize on physical power above all else. They avoid traditional cyberware so they enhance themselves with melee combat-enhancing cyberware and by using testosterone, animal supplements, and a steroid-like drug known as "the Juice" which increases the user's strength and speed.[1]

They frequently sell off their services as bouncers, a job of which they are heavily sought after for, and are spread throughout the area. They have cornered the illegal substance trade as well as underground live-or-die prize fighting. When the gang gather together in one spot it means they are up to something important, they then select the strongest and fastest among them to be the ad hoc leader, in this current case, Sasquatch. The Animals are secretly allied with the anti-cybercrime task force, NetWatch.

Details[edit | edit source]

The Animals are an aggressive street-fighting gang with no permanent turf. Their members are known to abstain from the most common electronic implants in favor of customs-brewed body enhancements and modifications. They use ultratestosterone and animal supplements, including horse growth hormones, to make themselves bigger and stronger. Experienced brawlers and trained in various forms of martial arts, Animals are keen on cage fights, duels, and other displays of brute physical force. Their ferocity and toughness makes them sought-after bouncers and bodyguards.

They typically sport tattoos and hooligan hoods as well as some artificial animalistic features ranging from purely cosmetic changes like spotted or striped skin and sub dermal implants to extreme plastic surgery and cybernetic modifications like bestial jaws, and vat-grown implanted muscles. Cyberware used by the gang include pain editors, combat drug injectors, augmented cyberlimbs.[2]

Philosophy and structure[edit | edit source]

Animals aren't the play here, are they? They're hired muscle. Someone else needed them.

V

The Animals are fascinated with the feral, primal side of human nature. They view this aspect as the border between man and animal and are each on a personal quest establish themselves as a new dominant human subspecies. To achieve this, they constantly subject themselves to brutal and violent tests of skill. They'll often take on dangerous cyberimplanted opponents be they members of other gangs, police, or corporate forces. They train in fighting sports not for philosophical reasons but to sharpen their effectiveness in combat.

Internal gang relations are obviously equally animalistic. On their own impermanent turf, Animals are divided into small "packs" led by the biggest and strongest member, the alpha male or female. Disputes are often solved with trial by combat, which is fought until one side completely submit.[2]

Criminal activity and sources of income[edit | edit source]

Animals are mostly known for their ultraviolent raids on residential districts and other gangs' home turf. They organize illegal underground fights and manufacture and sell drugs, mostly custom brew anabolic steroids. A few packs specialize in raiding drug stores, chemical transport, pharmaceutical companies, and drug dealers. Some hire themselves out as bouncers at brothels and strip clubs, or as racketeers who specialize in extortion and assault.[2]

Cyberpunk 2077[edit | edit source]

They are involved in a gang war with the Voodoo Boys. They are based in the Grand Imperial Mall in Pacifica. V is tasked by the Voodoo Boy, Placide, to infiltrate their hideout. After V infiltrates the hideout, he/she can kill Sasquatch.

Notable Members[edit | edit source]

Main article: Animals Members

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Cyberpunk 2077 Twitter
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 BATYLDA, M. The World of Cyberpunk 2077. 1st ed. Milwaukie, OR; Dark Horse Comics, 2020. (pg. 162, 163)

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