Fans have uncovered an item in Pokémon Go‘s files that may change the entire game. Nearly three years after launch, it seems that Niantic is finally considering giving players permission to swap teams.
As known data miner Chrales uncovered, the items is called the “Team Medallion,” and will appear as an item players can purchase from the in-game store. Using the item lets players change from the team they picked at level 5—Team Valor, Team Mystic, or Team Instinct—to one of the other two teams. Players will only be able to buy one Team Medallion once every 365 days, however, preventing players from swapping teams willy-nilly.
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— Chrales (@Chrales) February 17, 2019
Player reception to the item has been mixed. For many players, the ability to swap teams will be a huge benefit. Those who want to be on the same team as their significant other or friends will finally be able to hold gyms together and play together more easily. On the other hand, some players express worry that those on the “underdog” team in their area will swap to one of the more popular teams for the benefits offered by team victories, stagnating gameplay (a major part of which requires players from opposing teams to attack one another’s gyms).
This late in the game, however, many players are loyal to their teams. Many of those who play seriously have friends or groups that have formed from other players in the area, and won’t want to lose out on that experience by swapping to a different group. The choice to limit team swaps to once per year is likely a wise move.
While the Team Medallion isn’t available to purchase in the game yet, fans suspect that its appearance in the game’s files means that it’s coming soon. This could be the biggest shake-up in the Pokémon Go community since launch, so keep an eye on your local teams.
Source: Chrales on Twitter