Team – Valor, Instinct, Mystic

Which one is you?


Team ValorTeam Valor

Team Valor is driven by a thirst for power. (Niantic)

  • Color: Red
  • Leader: Candela
  • Mascot: Moltres

Team Valor is driven by the idea that power is the most important element of the Pokémon world; Valor members are driven by passion and strength above all else, as opposed to the tranquility of Mystic and the faith of Instinct. Candela mentions in her introduction that she’s researching how to enhance the Pokémon’s natural power. Think of this as the House Targaryen of Pokemon Go.

If you’re in this game primarily to be the very best (like no one ever was), and you believe that your Pokémon are far more powerful than any humans could hope to be, Valor might be for you. The team has already earned a reputation online for being the fiercest and most competitive of the three. According to Kotaku’s poll, 29 percent of respondents back the red team. The Valor subreddit has 6,216 subscribers.

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Team InstinctTeam Instinct

Pokemon Go’s Team Instinct is driven by trust in the Pokemon. (Niantic)

  • Color: Yellow
  • Leader: Spark
  • Mascot: Zapdos

Spark believes the key to success is following one’s instincts and believing in their Pokémon’s innate abilities. Go for Team Instinct if the idea of closing your eyes and trusting in the Pokémon themselves appeals to you, or perhaps if you’re generally the kind of person to have faith and trust that things will work out.

You also may lean towards Instinct if you’re a fan of underdogs, as at the moment, Instinct seems to be the least popular choice of the three. According to a recent poll on Kotaku, 23 percent of players chose Instinct, and the team’s subreddit has 13,000 subscribers.

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Team MysticTeam Mystic

Team Mystic is driven by wisdom and logic rather than emotion and trust. (Niantic)

  • Color: Blue
  • Leader: Blanche
  • Mascot: Articuno

Mystic is guided by calmness, wisdom, and intellect. The team’s bird is Articuno, the creature with the ability to control the cold, which is appropriate for a group defined by maintaining a cool head rather than giving into emotion. Think of it as the Jedi Order of the Pokémon world.

In the Pokémon Go online community, Team Mystic is by far the most popular of the three. Mystic was also the clear favorite in Kotaku’s poll, with 37 percent of players fighting for Blanche. The team’s subreddit has 18,643 subscribers.

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