Pokemon Go: Which Team Should I Pick?

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First of all, once you hit level 5 you can chose one of three teams to join at any Gym. Once you’ve picked your team, there are no changes. That’s why it’s important to think long and hard about your decision before signing on to defend a specific faction. Here’s what you need to know before taking the plunge:

TEAM INSTINCT

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Spark is the leader of Team Instinct, the yellow team. Spark is all about trusting your instincts — hence the name of the team. (Spark is not one for nuance.) If you feel that Pokémon are innately talented, and that success in battle can be chalked up to trusting your gut, Instinct is probably the way to go. Team Instinct’s mascot is the legendary bird Zapdos.

TEAM MYSTIC

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Blanche is in charge of Team Mystic, the brainiest of the bunch. The blue team is most interested in evolution; beyond that, the members of this faction are cool to a point of intimidation. If you’re interested in the science behind what makes Pokémon tick — and are convinced that keeping calm is all it takes for success — choose Team Mystic. Mystic is represented by Articuno, the icy legendary.

TEAM VALOR

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Candela is the head of the red team, and she’s got spunk for days. Her M.O. is very much in line with what Pokémon trainers have been taught from the get-go: To be the very best Pokémon master, you’ve got to train for it. Bonding with your Pokémon helps to tap into their strengths, according to Team Valor. If that sounds good to you, go Valor. Also, if you like the fire bird legendary Moltres, that’s another reason to go with Valor; Moltres is its mascot.