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Talents are a feature implemented in the Version 8.0 Update. This feature allows players to unlock and develop new abilities for certain True Form cats that are level 30 or above. Talents become available after clearing Into the Future Chapter 3.

Introduction

NP Coin

"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 description

Unlocking Talents requires NP, which can be obtained by exchanging cats or Talent Orbs in Storage after clearing Into the Future Chapter 3. 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:

Unit Rarity NP gained
Normal 1
Special 1
Rare 5
Super Rare 15
Uber Rare 50
Legend Rare 150
Orb Grade NP gained
D 1
C 1
B 2
A 7
S 25

To use NP, visit the Upgrade Menu, then select a True Formed 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.

Talent Types

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 (L represents levels of the Talent):

  • Resist Weaken: Reduces the duration of Weaken effects by (10+6L)%.
  • Resist Freeze: Reduces the duration of Freeze effects by (10+6L)%.
  • Resist Slow: Reduces the duration of Slow effects by (10+6L)%.
  • Resist Knockback: Reduces the push distance of Knockback effects by 5L%. Only 2 units have different growth: Juliet the Maiko's push distance reduction is (20+3L)%, while King Gamereon's push distance reduction is (10+6L)%.
  • Resist Wave: Reduces the damage of wave attacks by 5L%. Only 1 unit has different growth: Cameraman Cat's wave damage reduction is (20+3L)%.
  • Resist Surge: Reduces the damage of surge attacks by 5L%.
  • 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+6L)%.
  • Resist Toxic: Reduces the damage of Toxic effects by 5L%.
  • Defense Buff: Increases the unit's health by 2L% for Li'l/Rare/Super/Uber Rare units, 8L% for purchasable Special units.
  • Attack Buff: Increases the unit's attack power by 2L% for Li'l/Rare/Super/Uber Rare units, 8L% for purchasable Special units.
  • Move Speed Up: Increases the unit's movement speed by L.
  • Improved Knockback: Currently unused, presumably increases the unit's knockbacks.
  • Cost Down: Reduces the unit's cost by NL, 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 PLf, where P differs from unit to unit. Only 2 units have different growth: Skelecat and Cataur's recharge time reduction is (P2+PL)f.
  • Target Trait: Allows the unit's abilities to affect another type of enemy. Old targets will remain - i.e., a Catophone with Target Alien unlocked can still use its Slow ability on Angels.


Upgrading Costs

Upgrade costs for all Talents are broken down into four 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. The third (currently only used for Special and Uber Rare Cats) encompasses new and upgradable abilities which also unlock a new target trait. Lastly, the fourth encompasses new abilities which cannot be upgraded at all (Zombie Killer, Target X, etc.).

In addition, NP costs are affected by unit rarity, with Rare Cats being the least expensive to unlock Talents, followed by Special/Super Rare and Uber Super Rare Cats.

The amount of NP required for each type of Talent, at each rarity is as listed below:

Step NP Costs
Stat Buff, Partial Resistance, Existing Ability Upgrade New Ability (Upgradable) New Ability (Upgradable + New Target) New Ability (No Upgrade)
Unlock 10 50 75 75
Level 2 10 -
Level 3 10 -
Level 4 10 -
Level 5 10 -
Level 6 15 20 -
Level 7 15 20 -
Level 8 15 20 -
Level 9 15 20 -
Level 10 15 20 -
Total 125 165 215 75

Step NP Costs
Stat Buff, Partial Resistance, Existing Ability Upgrade New Ability (Upgradable) New Ability (No Upgrade)
Unlock 5 25 50
Level 2 5 -
Level 3 5 -
Level 4 5 -
Level 5 5 -
Level 6 10 -
Level 7 10 -
Level 8 10 -
Level 9 10 -
Level 10 10 -
Total 75 (25)1 95 50

Step NP Costs
Stat Buff, Partial Resistance, Existing Ability Upgrade New Ability (Upgradable)2 New Ability (No Upgrade)
Unlock 10 50 75
Level 2 10 -
Level 3 10 -
Level 4 10 -
Level 5 10 -
Level 6 15 -
Level 7 15 -
Level 8 15 -
Level 9 15 -
Level 10 15 -
Total 125 165 75

Step NP Costs
Stat Buff, Partial Resistance, Existing Ability Upgrade New Ability (Upgradable) New Ability (Upgradable + New Target)3 New Ability (No Upgrade)
Unlock 15 75 100 100
Level 2 15 -
Level 3 15 -
Level 4 15 -
Level 5 15 -
Level 6 20 25 -
Level 7 20 25 -
Level 8 20 25 -
Level 9 20 25 -
Level 10 20 25 -
Total 175 235 285 100

1 Only applies to Catasaurus' Critical Talent, which caps at Level 5. Number in parenthesis shows total cost of a five Level Talent.
2 Also applies to The Kitty of Liberty's Knockback (Alien) Talent.
3 Does not apply to Paladin Cat's Freeze (Metal) Talent, which is priced the same as an upgradable new ability with no new target.

List of Units with Talents

See each unit's article for more information.

Note that some Talents have different names than the abilities they unlock. Most are relatively the same, but Attack Up, which is different from Attack Buff, actually gives the unit Strengthen.

Special

  • Flying Ninja Cat: Target Black, Dodge Attack, Move Speed Up, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Riceball Cat: Immune to Freeze, Immune to Toxic, Immune to Slow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Pastry Cat: Barrier Breaker, Weaken, Resist Slow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Skelecat: Weaken, Resist Slow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Recover Speed Up
  • Heavy Assault C.A.T.: Massive Damage, Immune to Weaken, Resist Slow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Gato Amigo: Knockback, Immune to Surge, Resist Freeze, Resist Slow, Defense Buff
  • Ultimate Bondage Cat: Freeze, Dodge Attack, Immune to Slow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Dark Lazer: Wave Attack, Immune to Weaken, Cost Down, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Dancer Cat: Surge Attack, Immune to Freeze, Immune to Waves, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Beefcake Cat: Attack Up, Immune to Surge, Resist Slow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Loincloth Cat: Barrier Breaker, Warp Blocker, Weaken (Alien), Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Lollycat: Slow (Metal), Immune to Weaken, Resist Freeze, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Hyper Mr.: Knockback (Zombie), Immune to Freeze, Immune to Warp, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Li'l Dark Cat: Target Aku, Freeze, Resist Surge, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Li'l Macho Legs Cat: Shield Piercing, Knockback, Resist Curse, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Li'l Island Cat: Target Aku, Wave Attack, Resist Curse, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Li'l Jamiera Cat: Shield Piercing, Immune to Weaken, Resist Surge, Defense Buff, Attack Buff

Rare

  • Jiangshi Cat: Resist Slow, Resist Wave, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Move Speed Up
  • Chill Cat: Knockback, Resist Weaken, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Cost Down
  • Cyborg Cat: Survives, Immune to Toxic, Resist Freeze, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Catasaurus: Critical, Resist Knockback, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Cost Down
  • Maximum the Fighter: Immune to Slow, Curse Resist, Immune to Weaken, Toxic Resist, Defense Buff
  • Dread Pirate Catley: Survive, Resist Slow, Immune to Waves, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Goemon Cat: Attack Up, Zombie Killer, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Move Speed Up
  • Sanzo Cat: Weaken, Slow, Survives, Target Angel, Defense Buff
  • Doctor Cat: Resist Knockback, Resist Curse, Target Relic, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Necro-Dancer Cat: Wave Attack, Immune to Toxic, Resist Freeze, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Enchantress Cat: Slow, Survives, Target Zombie, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Cataur: Zombie Killer, Target Zombie, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Recover Speed Up
  • Elemental Duelist Cat: Resist Weaken, Target Angel, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Recover Speed Up
  • Rodeo Cat: Resist Curse, Target Relic, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Recover Speed Up
  • Acrobat Cats: Surge Attack, Immune to Waves, Resist Freeze, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Robocat: Dodge Ability, Immune to Knockback, Resist Curse, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Ramen Cat: Resist Slow, Resist Knockback, Resist Curse, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Cameraman Cat: Survives, Critical, Resist Wave, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Corrupted Psychocat: Weaken, Slow, Resist Freeze, Target Zombie, Defense Buff
  • Magica Cat: Resist Freeze, Immune to Waves, Resist Curse, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Ectoweight: Target Alien, Resist Weaken, Savage Blow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff

Super Rare

  • Can Can Cat: Money Up, Target Alien, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Move Speed Up
  • Roe Cat: Resist Slow, Resist Freeze, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Cost Down
  • Cyberpunk Cat: Slow, Survives, Barrier Breaker, Attack Buff, Cost Down
  • Octopus Cat: Weaken, Resist Freeze, Resist Slow, Curse Immunity, Defense Buff
  • iCat: Resist Slow, Resist Freeze, Move Speed Up, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Fishman Cat: Slow, Resist Slow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Move Speed Up
  • Luxury Bath Cat: Knockback, Resist Weaken, Resist Wave, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Ultra Delinquent Cat: Strengthen, Savage Blow, Resist Weaken, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Tathagata Cat: Weaken, Slow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Move Speed Up
  • Juliet The Maiko: Freeze, Resist Freeze, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Move Speed Up
  • Pizza Cat: Slow, Wave Attack, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Cost Down
  • Slapstick Cats: Weaken Ability, Immune to Knockback, Resist Slow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Catophone: Barrier Breaker, Target Alien, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Cost Down
  • Seafarer Cat: Freeze, Warp Blocker, Resist Curse, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Housewife Cat: Savage Blow, Resist Weaken, Resist Curse, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • The Kitty of Liberty: Knockback (Alien), Warp Blocker, Resist Curse, Defense Buff, Attack Buff

Uber Rare

  • Ultralan Pasalan: Freeze, Resist Wave, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Cost Down
  • Assassinlan Pasalan: Slow, Survives, Dodge, Defense Buff, Cost Down
  • Lufalan Pasalan: Critical, Immune to Weaken, Resist Surge, Attack Buff, Defense Buff
  • Ice Crystal Cat: Survives, Resist Slow, Curse Immunity, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Cat Machine Mk 3: Freeze, Immune to Knockback, Move Speed Up, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Greater Balrog Cat: Attack Up, Resist Wave, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Cost Down
  • Paladin Cat: Zombie Killer, Freeze (Metal), Immune to Slow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Cats in the Cradle: Slow, Resist Slow, Curse Immunity, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Joyful Nurse Cat: Slow, Knockback, Curse Immunity, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Immortal Yukimura: Attack Up, Resist Slow, Resist Freeze, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Immortal Keiji: Attack Up, Resist Weaken, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Cost Down
  • Immortal Nobunaga: Survives, Resist Wave, Curse Immunity, Defense Buff, Move Speed Up
  • Immortal Shingen: Barrier Breaker, Target Angel, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Cost Down
  • Immortal Masamune: Knockback, Resist Waves, Immune to Slow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Immortal Kenshin: Target Relic, Curse Immunity, Resist Weaken, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Divine Windy: Freeze, Attack Up, Curse Immunity, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Divine Thundia: Attack Up, Resist Wave, Curse Immunity, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Divine Kuu: Weaken, Resist Wave, Curse Immunity, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Divine Kai: Shield Piercing, Resist Wave, Resist Weaken, Resist Slow, Attack Buff
  • Divine Coppermine: Resist Waves, Resist Slow, Cost Down, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Divine Kalisa: Slow, Curse Immunity, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Move Speed Up
  • God-Emperor Megidora: Knockback, Wave Attack, Curse Immunity, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • God-Emperor Sodom: Weaken, Curse Immunity, Target Relic, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • God-Emperor Raiden: Dodge Attack, Knockback Immunity, Resist Freeze, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • God-Emperor Vars: Knockback, Target Relic, Curse Immunity, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • God Emperor Kamukura: Resistant, Curse Immunity, Resist Slow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • God-Emperor Dioramos: Strengthen, Resist Freeze, Resist Weaken, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • King Gamereon: Slow, Resist Freeze, Resist Knockback, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • The Peach Devils: Weaken, Freeze, Resist Slow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • The Chaos Moon: Knockback, Slow, Resist Slow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Kachiyama Assault Brigade: Resist Slow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Recover Speed Up, Cost Down
  • Inferno Akira: Freeze, Attack Up, Survives, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Mission Control Mekako: Weaken, Knockback, Survives, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • The Grey Fox: Warp Blocker, Curse Immunity, Cost Down, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Mad Doctor Klay: Warp Blocker, Immune to Waves, Curse Immunity, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Almighty Zeus: Resist Waves, Resist Weaken, Target Zombie, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Almighty Anubis: Surge Attack, Immune to Surge, Barrier Breaker, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Almighty Aphrodite: Slow, Resist Curse, Resist Waves, Resist Freeze, Resist Weaken
  • Almighty Amaterasu: Zombie Killer, Barrier Breaker, Survives, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Almighty Ganesha: Attack Up, Resist Weaken, Immune to Knockback, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Almighty Poseidon: Dodge Attack, Resist Freeze, Savage Blow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Almighty Chronos: Resist Curse, Resist Slow, Move Speed Up, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Almighty Hades: Curse Immunity, Slow (Relic), Weaken (Relic), Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • CAT-8 Behemoth: Slow, Wave Attack, Resist Freeze, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • B.C.S. Tigerclaw: Dodge, Resist Weaken, Resist Freeze, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • NEK-02 Air Citadel: Attack Up, Immune to Toxic, Freeze Resist, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Bazibastra: Attack Up, Resist Weaken, Resist Slow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Mizuririn: Slow, Resist Slow, Survive, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Aervanta: Weaken, Dodge Attack, Resist Curse, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Mer-Queen Ruri: Target Relic, Immune to Curse, Resist Slow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Pai-Pai DX: Survives, Slow, Immune to Slow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Premium Ship CC: Survives, Immune to Weaken, Immune to Waves Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • KHM46: Target Angel, Curse Immunity, Recover Speed Up, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Manic Kerihime: Critical, Target Zombie, Zombie Killer, Defense Buff, Attack Buff

Tips

  • Talents only take effect for a unit's True Form. Ergo, if you unlock Dark Lazer's Wave Attack Talent then switch her form to Dom Cat or Executioner, she will not create Waves.
  • Talents and their levels are not capped or disabled by the Aku Altar.
  • The best units to exchange for NP are those who are only used for debuffing, like Bishop Cat, Shaman Cat and Psychocat, as their base stats are generally too low for them to benefit much from + levels.
  • One of the more efficient methods of accumulating NP is to exchange duplicate Li'l Cats obtained from Lucky Ticket events, which can be farmed rather quickly and easily by the time you start considering Talents.
  • While Defense Buffs and Attack Buffs are no doubt useful to have, the NP required to max them out does not provide a big enough boost to be worthwhile (with the exception of purchasable Special cats) and should be saved for more impactful upgrades. Prioritize upgrading your units to level 40/50 and unlocking useful new abilities or buffs such as Move Speed/Research before spending NP on Defense/Attack Buffs.
  • Talents that give units a chance to knockback enemies range from double-edged swords, providing a form of crowd control that can get your units killed in stages with strong backliners, to downright counterproductive, most notably in Chill Cat's case. Likewise, upgrading Move Speed Up on already fast units allows for easier rushing and more lenient timings, but also carries the risk of making them clip right into dangerous enemies' attacks.
    • This is similarly true of Talents that grant units immunity to knockback and warp, as they have the potential to help against certain enemies with these abilities, but will make the unit more vulnerable against other such enemies. If the cat unit in question has low health or many knockbacks (such as Hyper Mr.), then unlocking these immunities is unlikely to positively affect their performance.

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Trivia

  • The following Talents are named differently to their respective abilities:
Talent Unlocked Ability
Attack Up Strengthen
Survives Survive
Money Up Extra Money
Surge Attack Surge Attacks
Immune to Surge Evade Surge
Curse Immunity Immune to Curse
Resist Surge Resist Surge Attack
  • There is a typo in the Resist Surge Talent's description, which says, "Unlocks the 'Immune to Surge' ability," instead of Resist Surge.

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