I'm in the back of a Gregory's Coffee in New York's midtown across from Dronpes and flanked by Moots7, who are careful to tell me as little about themselves as possible. From what I can gather Moots works in finance and comes from rural Colorado, while Dronpes is a developer at a tech company, hard-working with a cautious, controlling streak. Both are tall, stubbly white guys in their late 20s -- the right age to have fond memories of the first generation Pokemon games. Six months ago they embarked on creating The Silph Road, a project that has become the Pokemon GO player's bible.
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Pokemon GO has been keeping some big secrets from you. That should come as no surprise for a game with no tutorial. Thus far player communities have done a marvellous job of sussing out Pokemon GO's often confusing mechanics. But three of the most important stats are hidden from the player, and they're the best way of determining a monster's battle viability.