When you reach level 5 in Pokémon Go, you gain the ability to join a team. There are three teams: Team Valor, Team Mystic, and Team Instinct. Each team has its own leader and a devoted fan base. To some players, your Pokémon Go team is a vitally important decision to make.
But what if you join a team and then change your mind? Maybe your friends all joined a different team, or you thought about it and decided you liked another better, or a drawn-out Internet argument convinced you to switch sides.
Unfortunately, Niantic’s answer to “How do I change my team?” is quite simple:
“At this time, it is not possible to change your team.”
Some people recommend working around the system by creating a new account, starting Pokémon Go over, and selecting a new team. Unfortunately, you shouldn’t do this either. Not only will you lose any progress you made on the original account, but it’s also against the rules and terms & conditions for Pokémon Go, which prohibit you from playing with multiple accounts.
Sure, maybe you never plan to play with the initial account ever again, but is changing teams really worth breaking the rules and risking your Pokémon Go account for?
In other words, there is no official way to change teams in Pokémon Go, and the only unofficial methods are not allowed. All you can do at this point is hope Niantic implements a team-changing feature in the future. Such a thing could disrupt the game balance, so there would have to be limitations imposed on it—such as a limited number of times you can switch, or a fee imposed for changing teams—but it could still happen in the future.
And who knows? Maybe you’ll come to realize the team you initially joined isn’t so bad after all.
Team Valor, Team Mystic, and Team Instinct: which team did you join, and which is your favorite? Are you one of the fans hoping for a way to change teams in the future?