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In Neon White, on the level Godspeed, I got a red "cat" medal outside of the standard Ace, Gold, and Silver. I'm assuming it's for complete the level much faster than the Ace timing, but I can't seem to find any information about this medal online. I didn't even notice I got it until I was reviewing the levels afterwards, so I'm not even sure what it's called.

cat medal

What is this red cat medal for? Can I earn this on other levels?

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  • I've earned another one of these, this time with a time of 7.96 seconds on Pummel. Puts me in the top 3% of players (rank ~1000), compared to the top 9% I am on this level. On another level I'm in the top 7% with a rank of ~2400, and only have the Ace medal. One theory I had was that your earned this based on leaderboard positioning, but that doesn't seem to be the case. So this must just work just like other medals, but has it's goal hidden.
    – Wipqozn
    Jun 20 at 20:57
  • Each level you get that medal the timestamp under it is different (and lower than Ace), and it also resembles Mikey the angel-cat, so imho you get that medal when "Mikey's" record is beaten. Like a sort of developer time. (Just a speculation)
    – pinckerman
    Jun 20 at 22:46

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I've earned several of these now, and I can confirm these are just an additional hidden tier of medal. I've seen them being referred to as "Mikey Medals" online, which is appropriate, since the cat looks quite a lot like Mikey.

These medals work just like all other medals, where you just need to achieve a certain time to unlock them. The only way they differ from the other medals is that they're times are hidden until you earn them (you can see an example of this in the image below), and they're much, much harder to get than the other medals.

A time for a mikey medal

The times required for them can sometimes be up to several seconds faster than a levels ace medal, often requiring extremely tight platforming and aiming, and near perfect pathing. In some cases they will require you to use techniques which may not even seem like they would actually work, like how the the hit radius of bombs from Purify and pickup radius of cards both extend through walls and other obstacles (i.e. you can blow up enemies through a wall, or pick up cards under a bridge).

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  • So far I have no idea if there's any special reward for unlocking a certain number of them or if any dialogue with Mikey ever acknowledges their existence. Although a quick search online suggests there aren't an achievements associated with them.
    – Wipqozn
    Jun 23 at 0:01

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