Cyberpunk 2077: The biggest gangs – Animals, Voodoo Boys, Valentinos, Tyger Claws & More
Series creator Mike Pondsmith shares some details about the Voodoo Boys and the Animals.
Cyberpunk‘s initial release date was set for 16 April, but it has now been delayed to a much later 17 September 2020.
In the latest gameplay demonstration, CD Projekt Red shared a ton of new details about Cyberpunk 2077, revealing a rundown district of Night City, Pacifica.
However, Night City is absolutely teeming with gang members from all walks of life.
Here we cover everything you need to know about the game’s main gangs, so continue reading.
The Voodoo Boys
One of the gangs is the Voodoo Boys, a group mainly made up of Haitians who arrived in Night City following the environmental changes that caused Haiti to get flooded.
When Pondsmith created the Voodoo Boys many, many years ago, he was looking at an idea that we would now call cultural appropriation – what happens when people come in and try to adopt a culture that they know little or nothing about.
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Pondsmith explains, “The Voodoo Boys in 2077 are really Voodoo Boys. They inherited the name, but it was sort of a natural fit; they were coming from Haiti and the Dominican Republic.”
They managed to take a lot of the elements of their original culture and meld it into the world of 2077, bringing new elements of Cyberpunk into an old and respected culture.
They are more of a cultural phenomenon than a gang.
In a recent Twitter reveal, the logo of the Tyger Claws gang was revealed.
The tweet read:
“Tyger Claws is a gang of Japanese origin and stylistic influence, located in Japantown.”
“They’re ruthless and violent in practice, and intimidating in appearance. Katanas, street bikes and luminous tattoos are their trademarks.”
This reveal came off the back of a separate reveal of the Valentinos‘ logo.
The Valentinos are “bound by a strong moral code and century-old traditions”, which sounds similar to the moral code of the Tyger Claws gang.
The Valentinos control ‘Heywood’ and have many Latino members.
It is common to see the districts of Night City split by class, race, and power.
On the other side of the spectrum are the Animals, who are driven by their desire for strength and pain.
“They’re in it to basically build themselves up and become the tigers of their particular urban jungle. They want to be big, they want to be bad, and they want you to fear them just because they exist.” Pondsmith explained.
But the Animals are very simple.
Their ethos – get big, lift, get strong, lift – places them on the other end of the spectrum from the Voodoo Boys, who have a culture.
In Cyberpunk 2077, you’ll get a chance to see that not every gang is the same as every other gang, and what motivates them depends on the people that you meet throughout the campaign.