In 1999, Pokemon fans feverishly debated whether the Red, Blue, or Yellow versions of the iconic Gameboy RPG were better than the others. Today, we see this debate subtly sneaking its way into pop culture once more as Pokemon GO players pledge their allegiance to Team Mystic, Team Valor, or Team Instinct.

It’s no secret that we at Gemr have caught Pokemon GO fever. If you don’t believe us, check out our blogs discussing the ways the Pokemon franchise foreshadowed Pokemon GO and what Pokemon GO teaches us about collecting. However, to this point we’ve yet to touch on the concept of teams in Pokemon GO. As many trainers know by now, reaching level 5 in Pokemon GO asks players to join one of three teams that battle for control of “gym” locations across the world. Encountering a gym of your color enables you to join their ranks and gain daily rewards, while finding an opposing gym gives you the option to fight against the resident trainers and claim the location for your team. While there may be no inherent differences between each team as of now, did you ever wonder if your choice of team revealed something about you? After pondering this question for many hours, we came to a definitive conclusion: Maybe!

Based on statistics and other observations we’ve gathered online, we decided to chronicle below what we think your Pokemon GO team of choice says about you. Just for fun, we’ve also added relevant Pokemon quotes and some Gemr clubs that we believe might belong to each team as well! If nothing else, consider this to be your Pokemon flavored fortune cookie.


Team Mystic


Even if you don’t realize it, your heart beats in unison with innumerable others across the world. Though you alone may be strong, you’re wise enough to realize there’s greater strength in numbers.

You won’t back down when the opportunity for a battle arises, but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to give peace a chance. After all, there’s more to this world than turning everything into a competition. Having fun and helping others is in your nature, though you won’t complain if your team reigns supreme along the way.

Your Pokemon Quote: “Strong Pokemon. Weak Pokemon. That is only the selfish perception of people. Truly skilled Trainers should try to win with the Pokemon they love best.” – Karen, Pokemon Gold/Silver

Mystic Gemr Clubs: Funko, Comic Books, Disney


Team Valor


You have one goal that you desire the most: being the best that no one ever was. Knowing that you might overcome the odds and lead your team to victory fills you with determination.

Naysayers may be intimidated by your fiery passion, but don’t let them discourage you. Rising to every challenge is in your nature, and despite not needing the aid of others in every occasion, you’re willing to be a team player with those who share your hopes and dreams. If at first you don’t succeed, try again and again until you find yourself on victory’s road.

Your Pokemon Quote: “Make your wonderful dream a reality, and it will become your truth!”  – N, Pokemon Black/White

Valor Gemr Clubs: Guitars, Magic: The Gathering, WWE


Team Instinct


It’s right there in the title: you trust your instincts. You’re not one to jump to conclusions before you feel 100% confident in doing so, and you follow your intuition down the path that has the most benefits in the long-run.

You’re not like most people, but that doesn’t mean you’re alone. Insurmountable obstacles may present themselves to you, but by taking a step back and formulating a clever strategy, you can shift the odds to be in your favor. Wisdom and ingenuity are your greatest assets, so don’t be afraid to use them!

Your Pokemon Quote: “I see now that the circumstances of one’s birth are irrelevant. It is what you do with the gift of life that determines who you are.” – Mewtwo, Pokemon: The First Movie

Instinct Gemr Clubs: Anime & Manga, Vintage American Watches, Star Wars

Written by TimM
Tim is a video game aficionado who is fascinated by pop culture. He built his first collection in 1999 by catching all 151 monsters in Pokemon Red, and he hasn't stopped collecting since. His work has been featured multiple times on