When you reach Level 5, you need to choose a Pokémon team. It’s an important responsibility. An irreversible decision. Once you choose a team, you’re there for life. So which team will you choose: Team Instinct, Mystic or Valor? Yellow, blue or red? Does it matter?
The team you choose will determine which Pokémon Gyms are friendly gyms, and which ones are ones you’ll need to fight. Here are a few strategies that might influence your decision.
Listen to the leaders
Listen to the leaders of each gym and see whose personality matches yours the most.
Hey! The name’s Spark – the leader of Team Instinct. Pokémon are creatures with excellent intuition. I bet the secret to their intuition is related to how they’re hatched. Come on and join my team! You never lose when you trust your instincts!
I am Blanche, leader of Team Mystic. The wisdom of Pokémon is immeasurably deep. I am researching why it is that they evolve. My team? With our calm analysis of every situation, we can’t lose!
I’m Candela – Team Valor’s leader! Pokémon are stronger than humans, and they’re warmhearted too! I’m researching ways to enhance Pokémon’s natural power in the pursuit of true strength. There’s no doubt that the Pokémon our team have trained are the strongest in battle! Are you ready?
Look at your neighboring gyms
Take a look at the gyms around your neighborhood. It might be good to side with the color which is the most common, so you can station your Pokémon there. Each day your Pokémon successfully defends a gym, you’ll receive Pokécoins and Stardust as a defender bonus.
Go with your favorite legendary bird Pokémon
Nobody is quite sure how the legendary bird Pokémon of the first generation will be distributed. However, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ll only be able to catch one of the three. The team logos hint at this pretty strongly. So if you only get to choose one legendary Pokémon, decide which one it would be: Articuno (Mystic), Zapdos (Instinct), or Moltres (Valor).
Copy your friends
If you live close to your friends, it is a good idea to choose the same team as them. You’ll be able to work together to stronghold gyms for your team.
Go against your friends
On the other hand, it might be wise to go against your friends so that each of you will be able to choose a legendary bird Pokémon. When Niantic Labs finally decides to dish out the legendaries, you will be able to trade with your friends in order to reach the coveted 150 count for your owned Pokémon.
Roll a die. 1 or 4, choose Mystic. 2 or 5, choose Instinct. 3 or 6, choose Valor. If the die didn’t choose the team you secretly wanted, then go with the one you secretly wanted!
Still not sure?
It’s alright if you’re nervous to pick a team. Just remember that it isn’t a big deal. Seriously, it’s not. Choose based on your gut feeling, and you’ll be fine. It doesn’t really matter in the end.