Which Pokémon Go team should you pick?

So you've finally reached Level 5 in Pokémon Go. That opens up an entire new world of gameplay. Gyms are now a huge deal. You can actually do things with them.

But more important is that you can now join one of three teams. (Remember factions from Ingress? Same sort of thing.) And once you're on a team, it's time to do team stuff. Like get jackets made, come up with a theme song and learn a cool dap. (That's a secret handshake, boys and girls.)

Here's what you need to know about the three teams in Pokémon Go:

Does it matter which Pokémon Go team you choose?

Yes! It matters a great deal! It's everything, really! Only, no. It doesn't matter at all. That is, gameplay is the same for each of the teams. One isn't inherently better than another. It's when a team is acting as a group that things get interesting. It's the makeup of the entire team itself — the individual levels and items from each player — that makes a difference.

So you'll probably want to pair up with people you know. Or, if you prefer confrontation, play on a different team than someone you're actively playing with.

Pokémon Go teams

Team Instinct

This team is yellow. So if you don't like yellow, you'll want to look elsewhere. And it's led by Spark. And Spark thinks that you should trust your instincts. (Thus the name of the team. Instinct.)

The Instinct logo is, of course, none other than that beautiful bird Zapdos.

Team Mystic

Mystic is blue, with Articuno (that's another legendary bird, if you're just getting into the Pokémon world), leading the way. Blanche leads Mystic and employs that sort of calm analysis you'd expect from someone who chases Pokémon while wearing boots.

Team Valor

Candela leads Valor — the red team. And Candela's bird is Moltres. If you think Valor projects an air of power, well, you're right. Training and strength are at the top of this team's playbook.

Can you change your team?

Nope. Currently you're not allowed to change your team on Pokémon Go, and for the obvious reasons. (Ingress allowed a change, for what that's worth.) So maybe ask your friends before deciding which team you want to join. See who's picked what.

And choose wisely.

  • Did not read article #valor4lyfe
  • #SEOfolyfe Posted via the Pokémon Central App
  • what seo mean? All i found was search engine optimization.
  • i get it now. hahaha thats actually really funny
  • I still don't get it :(
  • Sob some more and keep giving them clicks!
  • How else do we voice our opinions? Posted via the Pokémon Central App
  • By contacting them, not through the comments.
  • You have two contradictory positions. #1. If we leave in protest they won't care. #2. They are getting rich off of our clicks It's one or the other. If we are a vocal minority, as you posit, then they can't be getting rich of our clicks and thus our clicking on the article is a blip on the radar. If our numbers are larger than our boycott of the site would sting. It can't be both.
  • Didn't wanna join "valor" (who wants to be in a team that can't spell it's own name?) unfortunately, it's the team all my friends seem to have joined. #fineIsuppose #itsvalourithasau Ah well, valor morghulis... Posted via the Pokémon Central App
  • This man getc it. Valor morghulis... GoT is the best
  • Well unlike you fuzzylumpkin I don't have any friends and I made the mistake of joining Mystic but all the gyms around me are occupied by either yellow or red I just want to train not battle as I am very new to the game and am still learning. :)
  • Test Posted via the Pokemon Central App
  • Dude it works Posted via the Pokémon Central App
  • "...in Pokémon Go" is becoming the new "between the sheets" or "in bed" you add to the end of a fortune cookie fortune. "You will come into great fortune...in Pokémon Go"
    "You will find your friends are important allies...in Pokémon Go"
    "People are naturally attracted to you...in Pokémon Go"
  • My question did you get a big enough sample size of each team, to make sure what you wrote was accurate. posted via the Pokémon Central app
    before you see the light, you have to deal with the darkness
  • Chill bro no team is "rated" the best Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh I know this was about the Consumer Report and sample size posted via the Pokémon Central app
    before you see the light, you have to deal with the darkness
  • I know hence the "rated" Posted via the Android Central App
  • That is the true question. I SERIOUSLY question the science behind this article.
  • Choose whichever team promises to self-immolate. Posted via the Android Central App
  • LMAO! That's kind of sick and twisted but I can't stop laughing... :D
  • (AC staff meeting)
    How can we get new readers in the site? Oh I know! Write articles that insult the intelligence of our faithful readers and anger them by flooding them with said articles and hope new readers find them and come to our site. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yup Posted via the Pokémon Central App
  • Oh pardon them for trying to expand the readership.....what a bunch o' jerks! Posted via my Nexus 6P on fi
  • expand? They are just trying to increase traffic while pokemon is still a hot topic. thats all. after the buzz is done its back to normal android reporting. I guess i cant knock em untill i know what its like to be in charge of a website.
  • Lol really? You idiot...use your head.
  • I get that they're trolling us all, and that's 100% up to them to do so, and clearly we're all still here anyway so it's our own fault. However, as someone stated before it's a sad state of 'Journalism' when the editors and contributors around here aren't mature enough to see that it's gone a bit too far, and instead they all just sit there giggling together about how funny they all are. Obviously it's their site to do with as they please, but some of us have supported them for years and they're pushing their luck.
  • Except that isn't what they are doing, if people stopped reading these articles they would stop posting them. Simple as that.
  • It's SEO spam. Nothing more. It's not about clicks on the site but clicks in search results.
  • It's called sponsored blogging. Niantic is obviously dropping a ton of cash to promote this one.
  • Nope. Sponsors are disclosed.
  • "Nope. Sponsors are disclosed." SEO it is.
  • Way too many Pokemon go articles Posted via the Android Central App
  • You just notice? It's about to cross the 30 mark. Posted via the Pokémon Central App
  • Trump wouldn't let this happen
  • Make Android Central great again!
  • You guys are onto something here! Can you vote? Posted via the Pokémon central app
  • Way too many complaints about Pokémon articles. They are becoming one in the same. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Don't be so oblivious Posted via the Pokémon Central App
  • Don't like them? Don't read them.
  • Just like your choice to read the articles
  • No. I have to scan through the muck to get to the buried informative articles.
  • Hi Scott
  • No you don't, leave. Oh but you are still here, giving these articles clicks.
  • The clicks are meaningless. They don't care about my clicks. If they did they wouldn't post this BS. It's SEO spam.
  • B/c we like AC and know they can do better. So we voice our opinions in the hopes that they'll hear it. That's allowed. Complaints do not have to correlate with a drop in support or usage.
  • we dont read most of em. But we are the people who have AC bookmarked, Rss feeds to outlook, AC app on the phone. We get updates about this crap, we come to the page and see a damn pokeball in every photo. not reading doesnt change anything. Unless you want us to not visit the site all together. HEY AC PEOPLE!! IS THAT WHAT YOU WANT!!!
  • Team Mystic!
  • #WINstinct
  • Why not create a hub similar to past MWC coverage and dump all the Pokémon articles there? Highly unlikely to happen at this point but would have alleviated the mess this coverage has created. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Phil, this goes to show you all have to really stretch to fill the news void. Really stretch. I mean really. But hey, you get paid right? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Please one post on how to uninstall Pokemon Go. I can figure it out if I try but one more post would help a brother out. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol Posted via the Pokémon Central App
  • I just drop in for the comments.... Havent read a story in days Posted via the Android Central App
  • Lol makes 2 of us! I don't give a rats ass about this game but I love the comments!! It's a great way to start off a week!;) Posted via the Pokémon central app
  • Couldn't have said it better myself. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Pick the same team as your friends. Barring that, pick whatever team is not the most prevalent in your area as that will allow you to battle the most gyms for experience points.
  • #InstinctOrExtinct There is no shelter from the storm
  • What, why can't I select Team Rocket? :D
  • None. That's which team you should pick. #justsayno #stopthemadness
  • sorry guys, but what the heck is this app? a "pokemon central"? i opened it today and there is no other article but pokemons Posted via the Android Central App
  • At this point, I don't even read any articles anymore, just the comments. They're entertaining enough Posted from outer space on my Moto X Style
  • The only articles I ever read here are Jerrys.... I also noticed that he has yet to void his journalistic integrity with these worthless Pokemon clickbait articles as all other AC writers have done...
  • Then you missed his article yesterday...
  • I didn't have a choice. I picked Valor because my girlfriend told me to (she's valor) and bribed me with a bj... Can't pass up this opportunity. Posted via the Android Central App
  • And yes, all of the AC community needs to know that your girlfriend bribed you to join the Red team on a stupid game with a bj. Eugh. Posted from my Galaxy Note 4 on SlimLP from the official Android Central app for Android.
  • Mystic's my pick. But honestly, all three are good. I think Valor'd be my second choice, though I do very much love yellow. ;p
  • If you picked up a bad team, you can try to change it with pokemontools.info of example
  • thanks :)