This is the page for VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon subjectives.
* ''[[YMMV/PokemonMysteryDungeonRescueTeam Red & Blue Rescue Team]]''
* ''[[YMMV/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers Explorers of Time, Darkness, & Sky]]''
* ''[[YMMV/PokemonMysteryDungeonGatesToInfinity Gates to Infinity]]''
* ''[[YMMV/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon Super Mystery Dungeon]]''
* EightPointEight: The fans were not happy about some review scores, particularly the 3/10 Game Informer gave Blue Rescue Team.
* AnnoyingVideoGameHelper: AI teammates often embrace this trope with both hands, especially with low IQ stats. Reviving an entire room of petrified enemies with an ill-timed Growl attack, for example.
* CriticalDissonance: Of the critic-hated, player-loved kind. The story is generally agreed to be better than the supporting gameplay.
* CultClassic: The entire series. Not as widely played as the main series games, but beloved with a devoted fanbase of their own. Particularly applies to ''Explorers''.
* DemonicSpiders: Pokémon with multi-hit moves in general. Octillery is probably the best individual example of the trope--it packs Bullet Seed, which hits multiple times ''from a distance'', among other things.
** Any enemy with moves that hit an entire room. Nidoqueen with Earth Power and Ledian with Silver Wind WILL make you tear your hair out.
** As well as any enemy that knows Perish Song. Unless you have a Heal Seed handy, you are pretty much done for.
* EnjoyTheStorySkipTheGame: Many people, even fans, believe the series' gameplay to be SoOkayItsAverage at best, but play the game solely for the story.
* EpilepticTrees: The [[http://www.spriters-resource.com/game_boy_advance/pmd/sheet/5355/ Decrepit Lab]] is solid evidence that there used to be humans in the world where ''Red/Blue Rescue Team'' takes place. The unanswered question is... what happened to them?
** Human civilization suffered an extinctionary catastrophe thousands of years ago and the story of ''Red/Blue Rescue Team'' takes place in an "After Humanity" era where Pokemon have become capable of intelligent speech.
** Humans have permanently departed from the planet in a massive Space Exodus, leaving behind their infrastructure as the only evidence of their former presence.
** Humans still exist in the world but the location that the story of ''Red/Blue Rescue Team'' takes place is largely unknown and inaccessible to them. The Decrepit Lab is possibly evidence to a failed attempt at colonization or just a remote research station that met with disaster.
** Since Mewtwo was created by humans, he might be the only Pokemon in the series who has some knowledge and history about them. But it remains an unexplored plot hole since no one bothers to ask and he never says anything about it.
* FakeDifficulty: Since the beginning of the series, in some later dungeons, it's possible to run into Monster Houses, which house tons of very powerful enemies that are hard to dispatch without being killed. Overcoming one wastes a lot of resources. You're probably better off resetting if you encounter one, because it's ridiculously frustrating to take on and not fun.
** Unlike the main Pokémon series, "movement speed" actually provides a Haste effect, giving the user multiple turns in a row. It wears off quickly, but a quickened Pokémon can inflict a ''lot'' of damage if they also know attacks capable of hitting an entire room. This goes double in Monster Houses, where an enemy Pokémon using "Agility" can increase ''all enemies'' to double/triple/quadruple turns.
** Multi-Hit attacks (Bullet Seed, Fury Swipes/Attack, Pin Missile). Due to the damage calculation in the ''Mystery Dungeon'' games being much different than the mainstream titles, these moves now hit as hard as most other attacks ''each individual hit''. This is made worse for the fact that the [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Same-type_attack_bonus STAB bonus]] from the mainstream titles is also implemented in the Mystery Dungeon games, meaning with the right Pokémon (A Treecko with Bullet Seed and the Concentrator skill for instance), this can be quite lethal.
** Petrify or Foe-Seal Orbs render Monster Houses pretty much trivial: they freeze every enemy in the room until attacked, letting you mop them up one by one and gather the sweet loot. What's more, your A.I. team is smart enough not to attack any enemy under the effect, so you don't have to worry about them ruining it and dooming you.
* GoddamnedBats: Pretty much anything that can inflict Poison status, attack from a distance (most Water-type attacks have ranged capability), or from within walls (the Ghost types).
** Doom Seeds: You better pray that an enemy 'mon doesn't throw these at you...
** Spinarak, a mon that can cause the aforementioned poison along with a slow, causing it to go twice as much as you.
* NintendoHard: Especially the bonus dungeons, some of which totally empty your inventory and level you down to 1. It's because of this that Purity Forest and Zero Isle South are many players' favorite dungeons.
* SignatureScene: The ending of ''Explorers'' where [[spoiler:the hero has to leave]] is widely considered the saddest moment in the whole series by many fans. It's not really different from the ending to ''Rescue Team'', however, but it seems to be far more popular.
** ''Adventure Squads'' has taken flack for being LighterAndSofter than ''Rescue Team'' and ''Explorers'', particularly as that included having a [[ExcusePlot much lighter plot]].
** ''Gates to Infinity'' has also been hit with this since the Japanese demo was first released. For details, see its entry below.
* TierInducedScrappy: Pretty much ''any'' EscortMission you do will include this. You can't assign tactics to them if they get separated, and in ''Red/Blue Rescue Team'' the escorted Pokémon was almost always at Level 1, making it easy for enemy Pokémon to KO them. To put it nicely, these are the guys who tend to waste all your Heal Seeds and Reviver Seeds for doing annoyingly stupid things like wandering off and walking into lava/fire. ''Explorers'' was just a little bit nicer in the levels department, but your clients are still under-leveled.
* ToughActToFollow: ''Gates to Infinity'' is having a very hard time following the ''Explorers'' games, mostly for "not having a deep enough plot", and the fact that there is a lot less post-credits content compared to the other two games.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: The very existence of [[NightmareFuel/PokemonMysteryDungeon this page]].
* TheWoobie: The Partner in both endings.