Talents are a feature implemented in version 8.0. This feature allows players to unlock and upgrade the abilities of certain True Form cats. Talents are unlocked after clearing Into the Future Chapter 3.
"Exchange unneeded Cat Units for NP, then use your collected NP to unlock or upgrade new abilities (Talents) for a cat's True Form. Each True Form has a different set of Talents that can be unlocked." - Official PONOS Description
Unlocking Talents requires NP, which can be obtained by exchanging cats in the Cat Storage. The amount of NP awarded is dependent on the unit's rarity, with higher rarities being worth more NP.
The amount of NP earned for each unit is as below:
To use NP, visit the Upgrade Menu, then select a cat with Talents and choose which one you would like to unlock or upgrade. Each cat has five different Talents to unlock, some of which can be further upgraded up to nine (or rarely four) times. Currently, 48 cats in the game have Talents.
Types of Talents
Theoretically, any Effect/Ability in the game can become a Talent for units in future updates. However, the following effects/abilities are exclusive to Talents(Z represents the Lv of the Talents that can be upgraded):
Resist Weaken: Reduces the duration of Weaken effects by (10+6Z)%.
Resist Freeze: Reduces the duration of Freeze effects by (10+6Z)%.
Resist Slow: Reduces the duration of Slow effects by (10+6Z)%.
Resist Knockback: Reduces the push distance of Knockback effects by 5N%. Only two units have different growth: Juliet the Maiko's push distance is -(20+3Z)%, while King Gameron's push distance is -(10+6Z)%..
Resist Wave: Reduces the damage of wave attacks by 5Z%. Only one unit has different growth: Cameraman Cat's wave damage is -(20+3Z)%
Warp Resistant: Currently unused, presumably reduces the push/pull distance and/or duration of Warp effects.
Resist Curse(: Reduces the duration of Curse effects by (10+6Z)%.
Defense Buff: Increases the unit's health by 2Z%.
Attack Buff: Increases the unit's attack power by 2Z%.
Move Speed Up: Increases the unit's movement speed by Z speed.
Improved Knockback: Increases the chances of knockback by (10+6Z)%.
Cost Down: Reduces the unit's cost by ZN, where N differs from unit to unit. N also fluctuates with Empire of Cats Chapters, with N being reduced by 1/3rd in Chapter 1 and increased by 1/3rd in Chapter 3.
Recover Speed Up: Reduces the unit's recharging time by ZP, where P differs from unit to unit. Only one unit has different growth: Cataur's max recharging time is 4P
Upgrade costs for all Talents are broken down into three cost brackets. The first encompasses Talent exclusive abilities such as buffs and partial resistance to status effects, in addition to upgrading abilities that the unit in question already has. The second encompasses new abilities which can then be upgraded for greater effect. Lastly, the third encompasses new abilities which cannot be upgraded at all(Zombie Killer,Target etc)