Talents are a feature implemented in version 8.0. This feature allows players to unlock and develop new abilities for certain True Form Cats. Talents become available 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 or Talent Orbs in Storage. The amount of NP awarded is dependent on the item's rarity, with rarer items being worth more NP.
The amount of NP earned for each unit/Orb 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. Every Cats have five different Talents to unlock, some of which can be further developed up to nine (or in Catasaurus' case, four) times. Currently, there are 51 Talented Cats.
Theoretically, any Effects/Abilities in the game can become a Talent for units in future updates. However, the following effects/abilities are exclusive to Talents (Z represents levels of the Talent):
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 5Z%. Only 2 units have different growth: Juliet the Maiko's push distance is -(20+3Z)%, while King Gamereon's push distance is -(10+6Z)%.
Resist Wave: Reduces the damage of wave attacks by 5Z%. Only 1 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 Up: Increases the unit's health by 2Z%.
Attack Up: Increases the unit's attack power by 2Z%.
Move Speed Up: Increases the unit's movement speed by Z.
Improved Knockback:Currently unused, presumably increases the unit's knockbacks.
Cost Down: Reduces the unit's cost by NZ, where N differs from unit to unit. N also fluctuates with Empire of Cats Chapters (Chapter 1 as default: Increases by 50% in Chapter 2, 100% in Chapter 3).
Recover Speed Up: Reduces the unit's recharge time by PZf, where P differs from unit to unit. Only 1 unit has different growth: Cataur's recharge time is -(10+5Z)f.
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.) .