Many suspicions about a non-binary character in the game have been proven.
This character, called Blanche ( Pokemon fans know this character as the leader of Team Mystic), last week was mentioned in a blog post which was giving information about in-game events. In these texts, Professor Willow said:
“We set out in hopes of testing (the Rocket Radar prototype’s) tracking abilities, but the prototype kept malfunctioning, causing us to be led aimlessly to random PokéStops. Blanche became visibly upset, which tends to happen when things don’t go to their carefully curated plans.”
As you can notice, the neutral pronoun “they” was used when Professor Willow was talking about Blanche. This is the only time that someone used a pronoun when talking about the leader of Team Mystic. Most of the time, the interaction with Blanche and the other leaders of the Teams has been revolving around training battles that the players can engage in.
Over the summer, as many fans noticed, the official Pokemon Go Twitter was continuously used gendered pronouns about the leaders of Team Valor and Team Instinct, but when Blanche came up, suddenly they referred to Blanche either by name or by the neutral pronoun “they.”
Fans on Twitter were quick to celebrate calling it a step forward for Pokemon Go.
pokemon go just casually confirmed a nonbinary character and I sWEAR I’ve been saying Blanche is nonbinary since the moment I saw their silhouette back in 2016 pic.twitter.com/3u0EXAG60Q
— Em Andress (@thelegendofem) October 26, 2019
I know it's like a few years since pogo's been out but i'm glad we finally got confirmation on Blanche being nonbinary/using they/them pronouns and us having a canon pokemon character who uses they/them
— Diet Dr. Nasty (@Pudkip) October 27, 2019
Team Mystic belongs to the lgbt+ I don't make the rules
— Silvia 🔥｜🐰🏳️🌈🦋 (@verelaurent) October 26, 2019
So, uh, Pokémon GO just went and used singular they for Blanche's pronouns. In an in-universe story.
Which is doubly appropriate because Blanche, while a real name, means white, aka the non-binary color on the trans pride flag.
So…Team Mystic says Trans rights 🙂
— Evie (@EvieGHJ) October 27, 2019