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Advance Generation The hallmark of sprite-based Pokémon gaming, Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald set you off on an adventure in the watery Hoenn region with tons of diverse Pokémon to discover. Fans of Kanto can reexplore their favorite region in FireRed and LeafGreen. Here you'll find other fans who enjoy talking about the Pokémon, strategy, and techniques to master this generation.

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Old August 23rd, 2014 (01:30 PM).
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In Pokémon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald north of Mauville there was a family of four called the Winstrates. You had to battle them one after another, slightly increasing in difficulty each round. Once you had defeated the whole family, you'd be able to interact with the mother and she'd give you a Macho Brace. There was also another member in the Winstrates whom you can challenge in Victory Road, called Cooltrainer Vito.

Did you manage to defeat the Winstrates? If so, did you know about the Macho Brace that you can obtain? Did you perhaps use any techniques to defeat them? Did you know about the fifth member being in Victory Road- was he difficult to defeat? Get discussing!
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Old August 23rd, 2014 (06:29 PM).
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I've battled them just so I could train my Pokémon, to be honest, haha. In my first run of Ruby, I had no idea that you were able to obtain Macho Brace from them, as I didn't go inside their house afterwords. After having defeated Pokémon League one day, I was sort of bored and was exploring Mauville City, and eventually went into their house. Then, I was finally able to get a hold of it.

It indeed took an extremely long time for me, but it's not exactly a huge deal, really.
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Old August 23rd, 2014 (08:02 PM).
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They were no match for my Marshtomp. And it took me awhile to find Vito until I found him in Victory Road. Again he was no match for my Swampert.

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Old August 23rd, 2014 (11:08 PM).
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Honestly they aren't much of a challenge XD But they are pretty useful for training your team a little before taking on the third gym.

I also recall finding and battling Vito on the Victory road.

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Old August 26th, 2014 (09:32 AM).
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Yeah, I beat the Winstrates with my extremely special Zigzagoon (Shiny :D )
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Old August 27th, 2014 (01:40 AM).
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I beat them, and was stunned, you see, I watched Advanced Challenge before I played Emerald, so when I saw the Winstrate Family, = stunned
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Old September 8th, 2014 (07:20 AM).
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They weren't that hard of a challenge, except for the fact you can't heal inbetween fights. It's also pretty interesting that their names all started with V.

As for Vito, I don't really recall fighting him given it's years since I last played a Hoenn game.
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Old September 8th, 2014 (03:41 PM).
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I never found them that tough, really they were just a easy way to train and I one-shotted almost all of their Pokemon with Marshtomp anyways. Funny thing is is that first time I talked to the person in the house who talks about Vito I thought that Steven was Vito because they said something about the Champion and I missed the line about Steven being the Devon president's son.
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Old September 9th, 2014 (01:08 AM).
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I defeated the Winstrates easily enough. My team was already quite high-levelled so I didn't have much trouble defeating them with just one or two Pokemon. As for Vito, I vaguely remember battling some tough guy in Victory Road but didn't actually pay close attention to his name like I normally do for most of the trainers I fight.

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Old September 10th, 2014 (12:18 AM).
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I think sometimes I thought they were a bit of a challenge, it really depened on the Pokemon I had at the time. I didn't find them too tough when I solo'd with my starter (since I was extremely overleveled), but whenever I had a team of 2-3 Pokemon I would lose a lot. You would think it would be the opposite, but apparently it wasn't the case haha.

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Old September 10th, 2014 (09:11 PM).
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I always found them quite easy and really just an extra way to get a few levels in before taking on the Gym haha. I'd always make sure to go and battle them as soon as I got to Mauville or else I would totally forget about them and miss out on that valuable experience :(
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Old September 10th, 2014 (09:15 PM).
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They were great EXP and helped so much in trying to take on that Manectric. Any EXP mattered and I loved the Winstrate family for that.

Maybe the grandma will have a Mega-Cham this time :O
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Old October 8th, 2014 (07:29 AM).
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I literally had no idea they even existed until after I had defeated the Elite Four (I wasn't the type to talk to random people). Once I did discover them, I didn't need the EXP or the Macho Brace. I was pretty upset.
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Old October 8th, 2014 (04:37 PM).
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Yes i defeated them easily yes i knew the fifth member in victory road i crushed his and his families dreams aww. No strategy i used the macho brace on aggron seeing he was slow already although I did use potions when i finally got to grandma cause then my pokemon started to get weak.
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Old October 8th, 2014 (04:39 PM).
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When the first time i play Pokemon Emerald, i just challenges them into fight without knowing that i'm gonna challenge all his family members. Its really funny when they calling the next family member to challenge me after they lose. Haha~ i manage to defeat all of them...
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Old October 16th, 2014 (06:02 PM).
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I've defeated the Winstrates, although I did so later in the game after I defeated it. Of course I had higher-leveled Pokémon when I took them on, but it got tiring to battle them one after the other with no rests in-between.
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