YMMV / Digimon World

  • Anticlimax Boss: Numemon. He's fought in a late-game region and has about 300 HP, the single lowest value of any boss and on par with the weakest enemies in the game. Seeing as how you can fight him right after you defeat Giromon, there's no way you can really lose. Chances are you'll take him out in one blow.
  • Complete Monster: Analogman, along with Kurata easily the most vile human in the franchise, is a hacker who turned into an Omnicidal Maniac. He came to the Digital World, and sought to rule it by taking over Digimon and turning them into weapons. He saw them as little more than slaves to be used and abused as he saw fit, and says so more than once. The child protagonist, Mameo, fights against him and his partner Machinedramon, and wins. Analogman tries to kill Mameo with a bomb, but he dies instead. He later returns as a ghost in Digimon Digital Card Battle.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The game's soundtrack is surprisingly memorable, with some pretty nice ambient songs as well some rocking battle music. See the 'Awesome Music' page for some choice samples.
  • Cult Classic: Critical reception was mixed and sales weren't strong, but the game is remembered fondly by those who have played it.
  • Disappointing Last Level: Not so much in terms of gameplay or story, but some versions of the game get increasingly buggy as you progress towards the end of the game.
  • First Installment Wins: Out of all the Digimon World games, this is the one that most people remember.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Factorial Town is one of very few locations without toilet. It's inhabitants are machines or living faeces.
  • Game-Breaker: A few.
    • Early game, High Speed and Attack makes Spit Fire lethal, especially against single bosses who only have moves with long charge times. While not necessarily a high damaging move, the low MP cost coupled with high speed allows you to stunlock many foes.
    • Ice Statue: near-instantaneous casting time, high damage, and has a chance of causing paralysis to boot. If anyone asks why Megadramon's so popular, that's likely a factor.
    • Megalo Spark is basically the air-elemental version of Ice Statue.
    • Full Power/Full Potential. It raises all your stats by large amounts. In fact, the reason the Bonus Boss is so hard is because he starts the battle by spamming it! Megadramon can use it too.
    • Bug. A spell that throws three bugs at your enemy, and they climb on them and explode. Because they can explode in random intervals, one can explode, only for your opponent to get back up and get blown up by ANOTHER.
    • Those techniques are nothing compared to the Monzaemon suit in Toy Town. If you get a Numemon, you can interact with the suit to evolve Numemon into a Monzaemon instantly. You can now breeze through most of the game with ease with your brand-new Ultimate digimon, who can also learn Megalo Spark.
  • Good Bad Bugs:
    • The glitch where your partner's name at the startup screen would end with many extra "mon"s, Mojyamon dancing on the water, cloning items via the shop in the Gear Savannah, making the doors vanish in Toy Town with the DG Dimension move...
    • For whatever reason, you can keep feeding Digitamamon's stat-boosting meals to your Digimon partner even after he isn't hungry anymore. If you have a lot of money to spare, you can exploit this glitch to easily max out your Digimon's stats.
  • Guide Dang It!: Figuring out the parameters and conditions for getting specific Digimon. A common anecdote from frustrated players is that their Rookie Digimon always ended up as a Numemon, which is what happens when your Rookie doesn't fulfill any requirements for other Digimon. This is one of the most infamous and frustrating parts of the game because while a lot of the general parameters for digimon have been mostly correctly documented, much of the exact mechanics are not well-understood and most guides are not guaranteed to be 100% correct about the requirements for certain Digimon.
    • From the guide itself; the official game guide goes into no detail whatsoever on the latter part of the Grey Lord's Mansion sidequest, except that it allows you to recruit SkullGreymon.
  • Misblamed: Many of the glitches in the game are a result of the English localization team.
  • Most Annoying Sound:
    • If your Digimon digivolves into Whamon, you will learn to hate the sound it makes when it floats after you. Additionally, the sound it makes when pooping is best left undescribed.
    • Vademon has a constant semi-mechanical blare from his UFO, which can be headache-inducing.
    • In-training Digimon have a tendency to use their cries multiple times when you're standing in one spot for a long time. This can be especially annoying if you're doing something such as fishing, and they won't shut up.
  • That One Boss:
    • Greymon. He's built like a truck with almost 5000 HP and high defense, and he hits like one too. He'd make a pretty standard late-game boss if it weren't for where he spawns: he ambushes you without any warning outside of Jijimon's house in File City, otherwise a safe zone, once you talk to Jijimon after hitting 15 prosperity points, which you can do very early on. As soon as you leave Jijimon's house, he forces a battle via cutscene. You cannot avoid this without using an autopilot, so if you don't have one, you have to either defeat him or get wiped. It's extremely likely the latter will happen if you didn't see him coming, and he's still fully capable of giving a good fight even if you did.
    • Birdramon. Like Greymon, she also jumps you in what is otherwise a fairly low level area and forces a battle. She isn't as tough as Greymon, but she comes with Prominence Beam, a very powerful attack, and will spam it constantly. Unsuspecting players will likely also get wiped out by her.
    • Garurumon is pretty strong thanks to his Ice Statue (as described above). To make it worse, he will ask you for a rematch where you are unable to give commands to your partner.
    • Piximon. To clarify, he only appears randomly on the screen, along with two other bosses, and you must walk in and out until you finally see him. Since he's right next to the entrance of Tropical Jungle, anyone that sees him can just pass him off as another boss, especially if you're not familiar with the fact that Piximon is an Ultimate level Digimon (though, to his credit, he does warn you of this fact before granting you the option to back away). He also proves to be a Pintsized Powerhouse, having 5000 health, powerful stats, an attack that causes confusion, and Bug, a skill that can actually hit multiple times. It's no wonder this guy has caused many deaths for many players.
  • That One Sidequest:
    • Getting Monochromon means having to sell enough goods to get a certain amount of bits. This one is entirely a Luck-Based Mission, and seeing as how you're meant to overprice certain items to gain more profit, it's hard to tell when a Digimon will be fine with it, and others, like Weedmon, who will complain about everything, even lowering the price.
    • Penguinmon's Curling Mini-game is a bit of a challenge, and can take a couple tries before you beat him. If you don't, prepare to have to fish, because the only way to rematch him is to give him some, even after he is recruited. To make matters worse, there's a medal you can earn that's focused on getting a perfect score (10-0) in the game, which is much harder to do. Have fun.

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