Teams are in-game groups that trainers can join. Players must be at least level 5 to join a team. Tapping a gym after level 5 will allow a player to join a team.
Currently, there is no way to change affiliation from one team to another. Team members can work together to defeat and claim enemy gyms or help defend friendly gyms.
Affiliation to team affects only two things during the gameplay:
- Combat and gym-related game aspects, such as battles at gyms, claiming them, bonus items from Photo Discs at gyms and bonus Premier Balls from Raid Battles.
- Pokémon Appraisal, which technically no-matter what team player is in, gives the same information but in different words depending on each Team Leader.
Affiliation to team does not affect any other thing in game, like Pokémon - there is no Team-exclusive Pokémon, as it was supposed in players community, that Legendary Birds might be available only for each team members respectively.
There are currently three, following teams:
|Team's name||Team Valor||Team Mystic||Team Instinct|
|Team's mascot Pokémon|
Every Team has certain values and beliefs.
Team Valor's values rely on strength. They believe that Pokémon have great strength, and they are interested in ways to increase those strengths for battle.
Team Mystic's values rely on trusting in wisdom. They believe that Pokémon have great wisdom, and they are interested in learning more about how they evolve.
Team Instinct's values rely on trusting intuition. They believe that Pokémon have great intuition, and they are interested in learning more about the significance of their hatching.