While it's still a very basic feature, gym allegiances have already been fueling friendly (and not so friendly) competition between Pokémon GO players. Owning a gym can give a player extra perks, such as Stardust and PokéCoins to spend in the shop each day, but it's hard to say how many can take advantage of this feature. Gyms typically change ownership rather quickly, especially since multiple players can work together to take one down. Nevertheless, the battle between the Pokémon and memes of different teams has caused some acidic relations to develop between members of opposing factions, and a growing group of fans have flocked to an alternative dogma.
Those well-versed in Pokémon lore will know that the legendary birds Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres may squabble from time to time, disrupting the peace when they do. In these troubled periods, it is up to another legend, the sea-dwelling Lugia, to present itself and calm the warring creatures. It successfully did so in Pokémon: The Movie 2000, and now Pokémon GO fans wish to see it do the same for Pokémon in 2016 through an unofficial, but increasingly popular, 4th team.
With the name "Team Harmony," the goal is certainly clear: keep the peace and calm some of the artificial animosity that's been building between players. There have been so many stories of the positive impacts of the game, whether its on people's physical or mental health, or just their communities in general, it's no surprise that some people want to work to keep the good times going. And while it's not an official team from Nintendo and co., it's already gathered quite a bit of interest with merchandise, a variety of logos, Facebook groups, and even a code taken from the Pokémon 2000 movie:
"Disturb not the harmony of Fire, Ice, or Lightning, lest these three titans wreck destruction upon the world in which they clash. Though the water's Great Guardian will arise to quell the fighting alone its song will fail. Thus the Earth shall turn to ash. O, Chosen One, into thine hands bring together all three."
It doesn't quite follow the pattern of Mystic, Valor, and Instinct's codes, but the intent is certainly clear: keep the peace!
With Pokémon GO still in its infancy, it certainly wouldn't be surprising to see the teams evolve over time, or to see new teams added as the game expands. Yet, would a team that doesn't want players to fight still work within Pokémon GO's gym system? Share your thoughts about this new movement in the Pokémon GO fandom with us below.
Note: This "Team Harmony" is not engaged in the sport of dressage (to our knowledge). For that, please see TeamHarmony.net.