* BrokenBase: The "back to basics" approach of ''Might & Magic X: Legacy'' (adapting the old-style system of play with a modern feel) has a few fans - mainly younger ones - up in arms. Many of them would like to see the free movement system of the later games like ''VI'' through ''VIII'' and the turn-based system done away with.
* DemonicSpiders: Shows up in nearly every game. There are enemies that age your characters (nigh-impossible to reverse), enemies that drain your MP to empty in one hit, and enemies that flat kill you ([[DeaderThanDead or worse]]) in one shot.
** Instant death effects should not be a problem once you level your healer, in VII and VIII at least, to cast grandmaster Protection from Magic. Just keep an eye on the spell icon in case it ends prematurely. Mana drain effects, however, can very swiftly neutralize your ability to heal your party, turning moderately threatening enemies into this.
** The mana drain effect is almost a case of TheComputerIsACheatingBastard with regards to the FinalBattle in ''6''. Simply put, after you destroy the Reactor in the Hive, you have to fight a lot of Devil Kings, Devil Soldiers, and the Demon Queen, the FinalBoss. Here's what makes this setup hard: When you destroy the Reactor, all spells currently on your party are automatically dispelled, leaving you vulnerable, and Devil Kings and the Demon Queen have the mana drain attack, meaning you have to recast them before a dozen attacks from them leave you ''completely'' unable to do so. It isn't easy.
** Then there are Eyes, which are really bad, especially in ''6''. Flying Eyes can cause Sleep. Terrible Eyes cause Fear. Maddening Eyes cause Insanity ''and'' can cast Dispel Magic, which quickly robs you of your protective spells. What's worse, each has a different immunity, so if you try to use a spell on them that effects a large group of creature (like say, Fireball) you can't hurt all of them. [[spoiler: All three are very vulnerable to Poison, but the only good spell in the game that does Poison damage is Dragon Breath.]] Even worse, Castle Darkmoor (a dungeon that you have to go to for an obligatory quest) has ''hordes'' of these things, and for some reason, ''they can attack you through walls.''
** In ''VII'', any monster that casts either Fireball or Dragon's Breath. These spells are area-of-effect damage spells which theoretically hit ''everyone'' in the area. Problem is, the fire elementals and devils that cast fireball and the liches and necromancers that cast dragon's breath are respectively immune to fire and dark magic, and so they'll get right up in your face and cast the spells over and over.
** Also in ''VII'', anything that knows [[AttackReflector Pain Reflection]]. It returns the same damage to you that you do to the enemy (though it thankfully doesn't negate the damage). Doesn't help that this is also Dark Magic skill, and most of those enemies that know it also know Dragon Breath or Shrapmetal.
** The other side of the conflict in the same game and ''VIII'' is as just bad. If you like to buff yourself, Dispel will wreck you, especially since Dark Magic doesn't have quick way of recasting multiple buffs at once. Summon Elemental isn't nice either, since it will summon a Light Elemental with ranged attack that explodes upon defeat and damages you should if close enough (which you probably will if you fight them in dungeon). Note that depending on the rank, one caster can summon up to 7 of them. And then of course they can cast Hour of Power and Day of Protection ...
* GameBreaker:
** ''Might and Magic II'': Enchant Item and Duplication. Now your entire party can have +63 versions of any non-quest weapon, armor or other equippable item. Enjoy apocalyptic firepower.
** ''Might and Magic VII'': The well in Eofol next to the only building there grants somewhat random reward by drinking from it. This can be anything from a few skill points to an [[DeaderThanDead Eradication]]. Now remember that the negative status effects can be prevented by a Protection from Magic at grandmaster level and you have basically an infinite source of skill points, experience and so on. Subverted in that that if you got here, [[BraggingRightsReward you probably don't need it that much anymore]].
** ''Might and Magic VIII'' has Dragons as characters that can join the party later. They can't learn any weapon, armor or magic skill besides their exclusive Dragon skill. However, this skill also determines the damage they take and the power of their attack, which is [[BreathWeapon ranged by default]]. The Dragon skill itself ''also'' unlocks spells such as Dragon Breath at level ''Expert'', while normally being an endgame spell of Dark magic, and Flying, all before promotion to Great Wyrm. Barring this, their starting damage is also pretty good and they have best HP growth in the game. And if you feel they are not overpowered enough, they can grandmaster Learning to get levels faster and master Bodybuilding to get even more HP. Oh, and lowest level dragon is accessible without any combat (any other than the obligatory temple at the start) as soon as you get out of Dagger Wound Islands.
** VII and VIII allow you to gain theoretically infinite money by buying cheap unenchanted weapons, enchanting them with grandmaster Fire Aura and selling. Even better if you have high level of merchant.
* {{Narm}}: The EvilLaugh of Lord Xeen, the BigBad of ''Clouds of Xeen'' in the game's intro is simply hilarious to listen to.
* ScrappyMechanic:
** Might And Magic VIII:
*** Several quests require you to take a specific character into your party to complete them, which is especially annoying considering that the characters are usually underleveled by the time they can join you.
*** The merchants will call you a cheapskate if you have over 10K gold and leave their shops without making any transaction.
*** The boat to Dagger Wound Island offers travelling there on only two days of the week, being completely useless the other five days. This is especially frustrating considering that the boat from Dagger Wound Island to Ravenshore is available ''all week''.
* ThatOneBoss:
** In ''VII'', this Trope ''definitely'' applies to Robert the Wise or Tolberti. (The one you have to fight depends on whether you're on the Dark or Light Path; cosmetic differences aside, it's the same Boss.) This guy not only has a lot of hp and powerful defenses and a few immunities, he can cast Hour of Power ''and'' Power Cure on himself, and his attacks can cause Eradication. (The best way to deal with this BossFight is SaveScumming, and save each time you score a good hit.)
*** It's also possible to steal the item you need from him without having to deal with the fight. If you cast invisibility and have a character with Grandmaster Stealing, you can snatch it right off him and he doesn't know you're there. What's funny is that the one who gives you the quest to kill him and get the item still assumes he is dead.
*** The ''Protection from Magic'' spell (at Grandmaster level) eliminates the danger of getting eradicated, but it still takes quite a long time before he goes down, meaning the spell will likely wear off before he's done for. If your spellcaster doesn't get a chance to cast it again before being reduced to ashes, OR if you don't have Cleric in your party (the only character class with access to Grandmastery of Self Magic spells), you're back to square one, playing this trope pretty straight.
** In ''X'', the [[JokeLevel Limbo]] dungeon has [[spoiler:something called Alien Technology, which looks like the Ubisoft insignia. This Boss has ''a million'' hit points - estimated - is highly resistant to magic, immune to conditions, and has overwhelming physical defense. It can't attack you physically, but it has an ability that damages every character by half the damage it receives from physical weapons. (The best way to kill it is probably to stand two squares from it and shoot arrows at it, although this does take a ''long'' time.]]
** ''Both'' the bosses in Fort Laegaire in ''The Falcon and the Unicorn'' DLC qualify. While they are about equal to your own party in level, ''you'' are severely handicapped because in this part of the game, your gear has been confiscated and you have to use the second-rate stuff provided by the Blackfangs in the brig.
*** The first one, Perren, [[FlunkyBoss has two Mooks helping him]]; one of them can inflict the Poison condition and the other can inflict the even worse Feeblemind condition. There's no way to obtain any potions that can cure these conditions here, so you have to depend on luck and your own healing spells. Perren himself can cast Fireball, and the only real defense against this is Fire Ward, if you can cast it yourself.
*** The other one fights alone, but he's stronger, using Sun Ray and Pacification, which can cause the Sleep condition. Fortunately, once you defeat Perren, the Blackfangs sell some better equipment, and they also sell some Light Ward scrolls, but the only real defense against Pacification is the spell Burning Determination, if you have access to it.
* [[ThatOneLevel That One Dungeon:]] A lot of dungeons are like this, sure, but one that ''really'' stands out is the Breeding Zone in ''VII''. See, most dungeons have a respawn time, meaning if you kill the monsters, it takes them a while to reappear in it, usually about three months game time for dungeons. The Breeding Zone, true to its name, isn't like that. It respawns completely every time you leave. That means the usual means of handling a dungeon, clearing out a little at a time, then leaving to rest and regain your health and spells, won't work here. And to make it worse, the monsters in this place are ''tough''. You'll have to deal with Gog, Fire Elemental, and Behemoth type monsters. The Behemoths are miles above you level when you first go into the Breeding Zone, capable of one-shotting your character, and often big enough to completely fill the hallways you're supposed to be sneaking down. To make it all worse, you get no rewards from killing anything in the Breeding Zone. No exp, no gold, nothing.
** Walls of Mist, the corresponding dungeon on the path of Light in the same game, has shades of this. The catch is that you have to show Gavin Magnus that you're truly a follower of Light, so you cannot kill any enemies while passing through the dungeon. While none of the enemies can deal massive physical damage like the Behemoths, they all have ranged attacks. In other words, while you're running away from all of them, they can still hit you with their Acid Bursts, Lightning Bolts and Fireballs. In addition, the Wizard enemies have the ability to summon Light Elementals, another enemy type with a ranged attack.
** And finally there are Eofol Tunnels from the same game, a [[MarathonLevel seemingly endless corridor of walls and narrow tunnels]] filled with aforementioned Behemots and [[TakenForGranite Medusas]] with ranged attacks. And if you do succeed to squeeze through tunnels with Behemots while invisible, you'll come to a pit which requires using spell "Jump" to get over it, breaking your invisibility anyway.
* ThatOneSidequest: The Ninja promotion quest in Might and Magic VII. Your goal is to find the "Tomb of the Masters", and you're given a scroll with a cipher (whose keyword is on another scroll located in the School of Sorcery in Bracada). Then you need to use letter substitution to decode the cipher (which, by the way, you can't do in the game itself), only to learn that while it tells you how to get into the Tomb of the Masters, it says nothing about where that tomb actually is. (You can get a vague clue about its location from a "Journal Excerpt" in your castle dungeon, which does nothing to relieve the frustration.) Then, when you finally find the tomb and open it, you learn that you must not only enter the Tomb but also loot a certain item from one of its sarcophagi (which you weren't told about when you got the quest). GuideDangIt indeed.
* TierInducedScrappy: In ''MMVII'', Clerics are the only class that can cast grandmaster protection from magic, which is the only defense against monsters which can automatically kill or eradicate players by hitting them. This makes the Cleric more or less essential, and an annoyance to players who like playing different classes for variety and would like to do 4 different class playthroughs rather than 3 different classes + cleric playthroughs.
* UnwinnableByInsanity: It is possible in Might and Magic VII to make the game unwinnable during the Warrior-Mage promotion quest. The quest is to replace a pulley belt on the elevator mechanism in an abandoned mine with a weak belt that's meant to break after an hour, rendering the elevator useless (and you unable to leave the mine if you're still on the lower level at that time). You can still get out of the mine by having the party wiped out by the many medusas and oozes in the lower level... unless you've defeated them all, and aren't lucky enough to have a teleport spell on your person.
** Actually, it's really not that simple. In that game, the two teleport spells - Town Portal and Lloyd's Beacon - have some conditions. Town Portal can't be cast with hostile monsters in the area, unless the caster is a Grandmaster of Water (and likely isn't at that point) so if that is to be an option, defeating all the monsters is likely required (and in this dungeon, they're ''tough''). Lloyd's Beacon can't be cast at all unless you're a Grandmaster. Basically, unless you do wipe out all the monsters, making a run for it (maybe with Haste) is the best idea, after saving the game first.
** It is still possible to kill your party by resting without food for too long.