YMMV / Gauntlet

  • Awesome Music: The Sega Genesis installment, Gauntlet 4, has a soundtrack scored by Hitoshi Sakimoto and Masaharu Iwata. Their involvement with the game also happens to be a very late moment of fan rejoicing with people discovering the game through emulation.
    • The Desecrated Temple, especially the N64 version.
    • Also from Legends, the Castle Courtyard.
  • Game Breaker: Sumner in Dark Legacy, who has max stats in all areas. Though the difficulty in unlocking him makes him largely a Bragging Rights Reward.
  • Holy Hand Grenade: The magic potions, often called "bomb potions". They affect the whole area of the screen, but their effect is based on:
    • The magic ability of the player using them: the Warrior/Dwarf has the worst magic and the Wizard/Sorceress the best.
    • Whether the potions are picked up, then used with the "magic" button or just simply shot. A picked-up-and-used potion has more effect than one simply shot at.
    • Also, in both Legends and Dark Legacy the potions can be thrown to affect a group of enemies either adjacent to the player, or below him/her if the player is on a ledge or area above them.
    • In Gauntlet II, some potions were poison, and shooting them slows the enemies.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: The Nintendo 64 version of Gauntlet Legends came with a Warrior miniature.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Wizard Needs Food Badly".
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • In Dark Legacy, the Dream World's aptly titled Nightmare level is pretty much the literal take on this.
    • The Shadow Wraith, the Dream World's boss, is this too.
    • Special mention goes to the Lich, who is the Guardian of the Forsaken Province and, if we're going in order of availability, the first boss. When he emerges from his grave, an ominous creaking noise is heard. During the fight, he occasionally taunts the heroes by whispering "Come here..." in a sinister tone. The guy has exposed flesh and bone, and can spit out bloody chunks that spawn maggots. While the fight is easy (especially if you have the Book of Protection, and that's not even counting the levels you would have gained by the time you acquire it), this colossus is perhaps the most memorable boss in the game for this trope.
      • Emerge nothing, the Lich breaks out of his tomb, unimpales his head from the shaft of the axe that was likely used to behead him, places it on his neck with icky bone-cracking noises, then grabs his axe and laughs. Freaky as hell.