Merit Badges are given to you by various mentors, and by binding them to keys you can do various activities, some of which are required to finish levels. Some Merit Badges are acquired by ranking up via finding psi challenge markers or making your own. Rank up enough and you will get the gift of: Pyrokinesis, Telekinesis, and Invisibility. Other Merit Badges are given to you by a staff members once you complete the courses in their mind. These are Basic Braining given by Oleander, Marksmanship given by Sasha Nein, and Levtation given by Milla Vodello. The others you obtain while in the minds of Linda, Boyd and Edgar, as a way to get past certain obstacles. These are Shield given by the freedom fighters, Clairvoyance given by Boyd and Confusion given by Dingo. You can only equip and bind 3 at a time.