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Cyberpunk 2077 plays host to a whole slew of interesting and well-thought-out characters. It seems every figure met in the game has some kind of story and unique aspect about them. However, few are more memorable than Jackie Welles. First met as an adversary during a heist, Jackie and V immediately become great friends, exploring Night City together and taking on jobs. This all comes to a head during one of the first main story missions though, and Jackie finds himself in a sticky situation. Once done with this mission, many players ask themselves if there’s anything they could have done to help Jackie.

Saving Jackie Welles in Cyberpunk 2077?

As a warning, this post contains spoilers about the main story mission “The Heist.” If you haven’t started or finished this mission and want to avoid spoilers, we don’t recommend reading any further.

However, if you have finished the mission, then you know exactly how it ends. While there are a couple of different ways the mission can play out, depending on if you sided with Evelyn or Dex, the ending will remain the same.

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Jackie Welles is a featured character throughout the early story of Cyberpunk 2077. Image via CDPR

This starts with Jackie and V sliding down a roof on Konpeki Plaza, saving the Relic biochip, and navigating the plaza to make it out alive. Unfortunately, during all of this, Jackie is severely injured. You eventually get the character to safety in the Delamain car but, in a heartwrenching scene, Jackie dies in the backseat.

After this occurs, you’re given an option on where to take Jackie’s body, which affects a side quest later on, and you’re eventually shot by Dexter DeShawn. Players are left spinning after all of this goes down but many initially ask, “Could I have saved Jackie?”

The answer is no. Nothing you do before the heist or during the mission can save Jackie Welles. No matter how safe you are or what choices you make, Jackie will die in the backseat of the Delamain. Games don’t often kill off such prominent characters in the early stages of the game, but Cyberpunk 2077 isn’t normal.

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Image via CDPR

The rest of the main story in Cyberpunk 2077 can be thought of as a tribute to Jackie. You’ll have a chance to mourn him later, so he isn’t totally forgotten after his death.

That’s all of the information on Jackie Welles! Make sure to stay tuned to Daily Esports for more Cyberpunk 2077 guides and news.