Can you change your team over once you've chosen a team or is it permanent?

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    You can also request to change your team in its official website.
    – DeMize
    Jul 11, 2016 at 9:11
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    @DeMize If this is true, you should make it an answer.
    – Egor Hans
    Jul 11, 2016 at 11:59
  • No, but the future is a different story. On the support site, it states "Unfortunately, we are unable to change make team changes at this time". This means that there maybe a future update where you can change your team.
    – user154824
    Jul 13, 2016 at 0:26

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As of February 26, 2019, the feature to switch teams has been implemented. You can switch teams by purchasing the new "Team Medallion" item from the shop.

While the ability to switch teams is now available, there are a few things that need to be considered:

  • Interested Trainers will be able to purchase a Team Medallion for 1,000 PokéCoins from the shop.

  • Choose your team wisely, Trainers, as you may only purchase a Team Medallion once every 365 days.

  • Any of your Pokémon that are in Gyms when you change teams will be returned with no PokéCoins earned once it’s defeated. You also can’t battle your own Pokémon, so if you return to a Gym one of your Pokémon is defending, your Pokémon will be returned to you with no PokéCoins earned


As it stands, no. The team you select is permanent, however, you can make a new account and request your old one to be deleted (available on their website) if you'd like to switch teams, at the cost of all your progress.

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    Rumors are, though, that there will be an update where this changes. You will be able to access a box then, just like in the main games. There is nothing confirmed yet, but some page I don't remember showed some leaks.
    – Egor Hans
    Jul 11, 2016 at 12:05
  • Actually, this refers to the Pokemon team that will apparently be added. I also remember stumbling upon that the page said the update would "feature a Pokemon Team concept" and wondering why this should be new. Now that I informed myself more deeply, the information makes sense.
    – Egor Hans
    Jul 11, 2016 at 12:26
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    Do you have a specific link of where one would go to request this? I can't find it.
    – Unionhawk
    Jul 13, 2016 at 18:18
  • @Unionhawk digital trend has an article on how to do this here: digitaltrends.com/gaming/deleting-pokemon-go-account-isnt-easy Jul 18, 2016 at 17:54

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