* AnticlimaxBoss: The Tainted Insect, the FinalBoss of the original game. Extremely high HP and Attack, and gives off an amazing amount of EXP, but [[FakeUltimateMook it is otherwise a vanilla monster]] that falls to a Staff of Sloth as easily as nearly every other monster in the game. If you got to this point, you've already dealt with much worse, and the status-inducing Skull Wraiths surrounding it are far more deadly than the Insect itself. In the UpdatedRerelease, [[KingMook its queen]] is even more anticlimactic since she's in a room all by herself and again, has no special abilities.
* BrokenBase: The third game. Fans are divided over the addition of an easy mode (which, due to party mechanics, you HAVE to pick if you don't want it to be incredibly frustrating to the point where it's not even fun), splitting of the game into multiple small dungeons as opposed to one segmented one, the retainment of levels after death, and, most of all, the game's grand story, abundance of {{Unskippable Cutscene}}s and fleshing out Shiren's background. (as opposed to an ExcusePlot and Shiren being an {{AFGNCAAP}}) Some enjoyed it, while others found it quite tedious.
* GameBreaker: Bufu's Cleaver in the DS rerelease of the first game[[note]]Since by the time you get it in the original Super Famicom game, you have nothing else to use it on, while the DS gives you three extra dungeons that permit the Cleaver[[/note]]. It randomly drops meat from any monster you defeat, said meat allowing you to transform into said monster. While you need to go through a difficult reset dungeon (Kitchen God Shrine) to get it, it also teaches you just how busted it can potentially be when you take it out of the dungeon and meld it to a stronger weapon. Some of the monsters' abilities guarantee virtual invincibility under player control, especially since they are unaffected by traps. For instance, the Death Angel / Death Master can move and attack twice as fast while passing through walls, and monsters cannot fight back if you attack them while in a wall tile unless they can also pass through walls. Even the weaker Pacorepkin family can be broken just because it has the last ability as well. Even better, the Air Devil family makes you invisible, which means monsters will never attack you while you can slaughter them to your heart's content. The disadvantage of meat is that you can't use other items until you revert, but considering you already have a free pass to the stairs for one floor, this can be moot with the right monster. Because of this, it was nerfed in the third game, making it a breakable weapon.
* HilariousInHindsight: One of the most powerful items in the game is a [[spoiler:Blank Scroll, on which you can write the name of any scroll you've previously read or, under certain conditions, gain access to two other powerful effects.]] In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda,'' the Dragon Scroll is said to provide unlimited power to whomever reads it, and, [[spoiler:it turns out to be a Blank Scroll showing the reflection of the one who reads it.]]