Upon booting up Pokémon GO for the first time, you're prompted to join a team. You can be aligned with the electrifying Team Instinct, the fiery red Team Valor, or the calculated Team Mystic. Once you choose, your team is set and you can not switch. That is about to change.
At the Pokémon GO Blog, Niantic announced that players will be able to switch teams. This will come about with a new item in the game: the Team Medallion. The medallion will cost 1,000 PokéCoins (about $10 in real world money if you have no coins saved up), and upon activation, you'll be able to go through the process of joining a new team. This new feature will be available to all on February 26th.
There are a couple of things to be aware of when using the Team Medallion. Niantic says you can purchase just one medallion a year. So, be sure you want to switch your team, and know which team you want to switch to. You'll be with that team for 365 days before being able to switch again. Another thing is that if you have any Pokémon in gyms, they will be returned to you with no PokéCoins gained after you switch. As for why one would want to switch teams to begin with, there could be a few reasons. Maybe one simply wants a change, or their friends are part of a different team. Either way, having the feature is definitely a good thing.
Pokémon GO may not be the cultural phenomenon it was when it originally launched three years ago, but it's still going strong. Recently, Niantic finally implemented PvP battles. Now, players can finally showcase their strong Pokémon in battle with others, wherever they are. It may not be as in-depth as the fighting in the RPGs, but it's decent fun. There's still a careful level of strategy in crafting your team, and deciding which attacks to use. Currently until Monday, you can find the legendary Pokemon Latias in Raid Battles, according to the Pokémon Go Blog.
The Pokémon franchise is about to see perhaps its strongest year. We have a wide-release theatrical film called Detective Pikachu releasing in May, a new animated film featuring Mewtwo, and a new core RPG for Nintendo Switch. Pokémon GO isn't likely to stop receiving updates anytime soon.