Pokémon Go: Instinct, Valor or Mystic – which team should you join?

By Shabana Arif, Thursday, 25 August 2016 00:15 GMT

Team Valor, obviously.


When you hit level five and visit your first gym in Pokemon Go, Professor Willow will pop up to introduce you to his three assistants, each of which directs a team, and they all have a different approach to researching pokémon.

Ultimately it doesn’t appear that your choice will affect the game too much, but the mascots are Legendary Birds, so this may come into play somewhere down the line, but that’s pure speculation. As the game is updated and progresses, you’ll interact with your team leader of choice semi-regularly.

You can train at friendly gyms as well as stationing pokémon there to defend them (nabbing you a defender bonus every 20 hours), and you can challenge gyms of opposing teams to lower their prestige and eventually take over.

It’s important to remember you can’t switch teams once you’ve chosen, so if you have friends in the area, it’s worth having a chinwag about which teams they’re on, then choosing a different one and giving them a sound thrashing before kicking them out of the gym on their arse and taking over. Or you know, choosing the same team and remaining best buddies, but where’s the fun in that? Until the ability to battle friends gets introduced, challenging them at a gym is as close as you’re going to get.

When you’re ready, you can become a lifelong member of one of the following teams.

Team Instinct

pokemon go team instinct

Team Instinct is lead by Spark and their mascot is the equally dishevelled legendary bird Zapdos. Spark’s motto is to trust your instincts and your pokémon, so if that sounds like you, then he’s your man.

Team Mystic

pokemon go team mystic

Blanche heads up the blue team and she’s all about wisdom. The mascot is the plump Articuno. If a logical and academic approach describes your chosen method of worldly interactions, you might want to join their ranks.

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Team Valor

pokemon team valor

The inimitable Team Valor is awash with the colour of their fiery passions. The red team is lead by Candela and is driven by the urge to the very best, and although she’s super keen on things like power and strength, she’s a well-adjusted young woman and definitely not a sociopath. Our mascot is the fancy-looking Moltres.

A big part of the game lies in contesting territory, and watching gyms change colour on the map as battles range within is all very exciting.

Which team have you sided with? Let us know in the comments.

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