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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.

Introduction

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"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 after clearing Into the Future Chapter 3. 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:

Rarity NP gained
Normal 1
Special 1
Rare 5
Super Rare 15
Uber Rare 50
Legend Rare 150

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 four or nine times. Currently, only 36 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:

  • Resist Weaken: Reduces the duration of Weaken effects by 16%. Can be upgraded nine times for up to -70% Weaken duration.
  • Resist Freeze: Reduces the duration of Freeze effects by 16%. Can be upgraded nine times for up to -70% Freeze duration.
  • Resist Slow: Reduces the duration of Slow effects by 16%. Can be upgraded nine times for up to -70% Slow duration.
  • Resist Knockback: Reduces the push distance of Knockback effects by 5/23%. Can be upgraded nine times for up to -50% push distance.
  • Resist Wave: Reduces the damage of wave attacks by 5/23%. Can be upgraded nine times for up to -50% wave damage.
  • 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 16%. Can be upgraded nine times for up to -70% Curse duration.
  • Defense Buff: Increases the unit's health by 2%. Can be upgraded nine times for up to +20% health.
  • Attack Buff: Increases the unit's attack power by 2%. Can be upgraded nine times for up to +20% attack power.
  • Move Speed Up: Increases the unit's movement speed by 1. Can be upgraded nine times for up to +10 movement speed.
  • Improved Knockback: Currently unused, presumably increases the unit's knockbacks.
  • Cost Down: Reduces the unit's cost by N, where N differs from unit to unit. Can be upgraded nine times for up to -(N*10) cost.
  • Recover Speed Up: Reduces the unit's recharging time by N, where N differs from unit to unit. Can be upgraded nine times for up to -(N*P) recharging time, where P differs from unit to unit.

Upgrading Costs

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 a unit 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.

The first category of Talents is cheapest to unlock, but adds up to a high amount of NP when fully upgraded. The second category of Talents is identical in upgrade costs to the first, but requires more NP to unlock, making them moderately more expensive overall. The last category of Talents requires a high amount of NP all at once to unlock, but is ultimately cheaper than maxing out Talents with upgrades.

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

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

Step NP Costs
Unlock Buff/Partial Resistance, Upgrade Old Ability Unlock New Ability (Can Upgrade) Unlock New Ability (No Upgrade)
Unlock 5 25 50
Level 2 5 (10) -
Level 3 5 (15) -
Level 4 5 (20) -
Level 5 5 (25) -
Level 6 10 (-) -
Level 7 10 (-) -
Level 8 10 (-) -
Level 9 10 (-) -
Level 10 10 (-) -
Total 75 95 50

Step NP Costs
Unlock Buff/Partial Resistance, Upgrade Old Ability Unlock New Ability (Can Upgrade) Unlock 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
Unlock Buff/Partial Resistance, Upgrade Old Ability Unlock New Ability (Can Upgrade) Unlock New Ability (No Upgrade)
Unlock 15 75 100
Level 2 15 -
Level 3 15 -
Level 4 15 -
Level 5 15 -
Level 6 20 -
Level 7 20 -
Level 8 20 -
Level 9 20 -
Level 10 20 -
Total 175 235 100

*Currently Catasaurus is the only Cat with a Talent (Critical) that caps at Level 5. Numbers in parenthesis show costs of a five Level Talent.

List of Units with Talents

Rare

  • Chill Cat: Knockback, Resist Weaken, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Cost Down
  • Catasaurus: Critical, Resist Knockback, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Cost Down
  • 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
  • Elemental Duelist Cat: Resist Weaken, Target Angel, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Recover Speed Up
  • Enchantress Cat: Slow, Survives, Target Zombie, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Cataur: Zombie Killer, Target Zombie, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Recover Speed Up
  • Rodeo Cat: Resist Curse, Target Relic, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Recover Speed Up
  • Cameraman Cat: Survives, Critical, Resist Wave, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Ramen Cat: Resist Slow, Resist Knockback, Resist Curse, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Corrupted Psychocat: Weaken, Slow, Resist Freeze, Target Zombie, Defense Buff

Super Rare

  • Tathagata Cat: Weaken, Slow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Move Speed Up
  • Can Can Cat: Money Up, Target Alien, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Move Speed Up
  • Octopus Cat: Weaken, Resist Freeze, Resist Slow, Immune to Curse, Defense Buff
  • Cyberpunk Cat: Slow, Survives, Barrier Breaker, Attack Buff, Cost Down
  • Fishman Cat: Slow, Resist Slow, Health Buff, Defense Buff, Move Speed Up
  • Luxury Bath Cat: Knockback, Resist Weaken, Resist Wave, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Roe Cat: Resist Slow, Resist Freeze, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Cost Down
  • Juliet The Maiko: Freeze, Resist Freeze, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Move Speed Up
  • Pizza Cat: Slow, Wave Attack, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Cost Down
  • Catophone: Barrier Breaker, Target Alien, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Cost Down


Uber Rare

  • Ultralan Pasalan: Freeze, Resist Wave, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Cost Down
  • Ice Crystal Cat: Survives, Resist Slow, Immune to Curse, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Balrog Cat: Attack Up, Resist Wave, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Cost Down
  • Immortal Yukimura: Attack Up, Resist Slow, Resist Freeze, Defense Bufr, Attack Buff
  • Immortal Nobunaga: Survives, Resist Wave, Immune to Curse, Defense Buff, Move Speed Up
  • Immortal Shingen: Barrier Breaker, Target Angel, Defense Buff, Attack Buff, Cost Down
  • Divine Windy: Freeze, Attack Up, Immune to Curse, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Divine Thundia: Attack Up, Resist Wave, Immune to Curse, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Divine Kuu: Weaken, Resist Wave, Immune to Curse, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • God-Emperor Sodom: Weaken, Immune to Curse, Target Relic, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • God-Emperor Megidora: Knockback, Wave Attack, Immune to Curse, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • God-Emperor Vars: Knockback, Target Relic, Immune to Curse, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • The Chaos Moon: Knockback, Slow, Resist Slow, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Inferno Akira: Freeze, Attack Up, Survives, Defense Buff, Attack Buff
  • Mission Control Mekako: Weaken, Knockback, Survives, Defense Buff, Attack Buff

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