River Ward

river ward npc cyberpunk 2077 wiki guide
General Info
Role NCPD Detective
Location ???

River Ward is an NPC in Cyberpunk 2077. River Ward Short Description. NPCs in Cyberpunk 2077 can interact with V and add contrast to the game's story, they provide various information, some give Quests, while others are special NPCs whom you can trade goods with or request for certain services.


Background Information about River Ward

When we meet River, he’s a lifelong cop, but once his badge is taken away, he’s left completely lost. He started life in an orphanage, then joined the NCPD—partly as an act of rebellion, partly hoping the discipline would help him pull his life together. What followed were years of trying to do things by the book and avoiding compromises while working in a compromised system. Now, he’s looking for answers outside that system, realizing his life in blue only delayed a much-needed reckoning with who he really is. Part of this reckoning involves reconnecting with his roots, in particular his sister, who lives in a trailer park along with a group of other Native Americans.


River Ward Romance Guide


  • Life Path Preference: Any
  • Gender Preference: Female V

You may miss out on crossing paths with River Ward, an NCPD detective. In order to meet him, you'll need to wait around the second act of the story and wait for a call from Elizabeth Peralez who offers you a job. This gives you the I Fought the Law side job, if it becomes available, prioritize it and take it if you want to pursue Mr. Ward. In this side quest, you are tasked to investigate the recent death of the mayor, and it's on this job where you'll meet River Ward.

After you've solved the mystery alongside the detective, River will, later on, get in touch with you and ask for your help with finding his nephew. This opens up The Hunt side job. Make sure you rescue Randy by finding the correct barn and by choosing the following dialogue lines at the end. First, choose "Don't do it, River.", followed by "We both will." Basically, you are convincing him that vengeance is not the answer and it will not make him feel better.

Once you've completed The Hunt, you'll get another call from him and you'll acquire his unique quest "Following the River". He basically invites you over for dinner to a secluded spot in the city. During the quest, you'll be given a couple of dialogue options where you tease, flirt with him, and to kiss him. Eventually, it'll lead to him asking V if you really like him. Choosing the dialogue option of saying yes you do like him will result in a romance.

Just like Judy Alvarez, the next morning, you'll be asked again about what happened and if there's something meaningful behind it. You have the option to select a dialogue option of showing interest which will result in a committed relationship or making it look like it was just a one-night stand and nothing more. Having a relationship with River can cause implications towards the Ending of the game.



River Ward Location

  • Location information.


Jobs Related to River Ward in Cyberpunk 2077


Notes and Trivia about River Ward

  • While the romance is set up well it inevitably doesn't lead to any real happy ending, one situation in particular he breaks it off with you as you leave Night City with the Aldecaldos, which seems to be the least horrible romance ending.
  • Other Notes, Tips, and Trivia go here.



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