Your Pokemon GO team leader just got a new redesign but the game’s community is not responding well to the trainer appearances.

At the start of a budding Pokemon GO player’s adventure, they’re asked to choose a team to support. Team Mystic, Valor, and Instinct go head to head worldwide, and trainers from opposing teams will battle it out to control gyms all across the globe.

Usually though, the teams put aside their differences to take on challenging raid battles or complete global events as a community. And now, Pokemon GO players are once again united, in their hatred of the team leader redesigns.

The Original Pokemon GO Team Leaders
The Original Pokemon GO Team Leaders

Leaders Blanche (Mystic), Candera (Valor), and Spark (Instinct) all have new appearances in Pokemon GO. And even when they’re not horrifyingly glitched, players seem to view them as a huge downgrade overall.

Blanche, Candela, & Spark Get New Looks in Pokemon GO

No matter what team you’re on, you’re in for a shock when you boot up Pokemon GO. Blanche, Candela, and Spark, the in-game team leaders all have new redesigns, and they’re proving unpopular.

Pokemon GO Players Hate the New Team Leader Redesigns - Blanche, Candela, Spark
The New Pokemon GO Team Leader Redesigns

To see your new team leader, you simply need to press the Poke Ball button, select Battle, and scroll down to Training to challenge one of the in-game trainers.

Each of the three leaders is noticeably more casual in appearance, but many fans are pointing towards Blanche in particular as being a massive downgrade.

The response to Candela and Spark is a little more positive across the board, but many trainers aren’t a fan of the redesigns at all.

It’s clear that the leaders have moved from elite trainer getups to something a little less iconic. And in their new art, they look less like leadership material.

And something that only seems to be making matters worse is that a new glitch is turning the team leaders into ghoulish entities.

Pokemon GO Team Leader Glitch Makes Trainers Look Horrifying

In a new glitched set of appearances, all 3 trainers have extended necks, but Blanche and Spark’s designs are particularly frightening. This bug appears to be fixed now, but it gave players quite a fright when opening their game for the first time.

Perhaps Niantic was just getting in the Halloween mood a little early this year. And with some great ghost-themed spotlight hours dropping in Pokemon GO this month, the new team leaders might just be getting spirit of the holiday.

Pokemon GO Team Leader Glitch Makes Trainers Look Horrifying

Already, players are petitioning Niantic to bring back the original appearances of all three leaders. We’ll have to wait and see whether or not the developer decides to listen to fans on this one.

Don’t miss the return of Giratina in the Pokemon GO October Legendary and Mega Raid schedule this month.

And we’ve got everything you need to know about the Evolving Stars event including dates and all the new Pokemon coming to the game.

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