So I'm trying to decide if I want to sperg out on filling out the Sphere Grid for max stats or not.
On the one hand, I kinda want to doof around with the Monster Arena.
On the other, I kinda just want to beat the damn game and be done with it.
On the other, other hand, I want to make my trip around the grid count for as much as possible.
Right now, I've held back up to the Chocobo Eater but I've hit the point where the game is expecting the player to have advanced far enough in the Sphere Grid to finally make a noticeable difference to their characters' stats, plus I've got 99 Power Spheres and I've been sitting on some stat booster Spheres, plus I want to avoid doing what I did in Star Ocean 2 and sperg out to level 100 before the start of the sequence of unwinnable boss fights in the later half of disk 1.
So the question is, what kinda of bullshit do I need to pull to deal with the Monster Arena?
UGH! This game! I'm only finishing it at this point for the sake of saying I didn't give up. 30-minute "cutscene" followed by a battle I couldn't possibly have prepared for without a guide and no chance to save before the fight. Yeah, most of the content before the fight can be skipped now, but it's still a stupid design decision.
It kind of falls in with my main problem with this game. There's a big difference between a game that is long and a game that is too long, and Bravely Default certainly falls into the latter category. Dialogue is needlessly long-winded, there's way too much traveling simply to get from cutscene to cutscene and then there are these side quests that are just stupidly long cutscenes followed immediately by a fight.
It's so frustrating. It's not like I'm playing for plot, since that's basically been spoiled with all the "hints" at what those of us slowpokes are in for in chapter 5+
Right now I'm trying to recall where there's a boss fight in this game that isn't immediately preceded by a save point. Best guess was that you bombed the Ninja sidequest fight.
Alternate guess would be losing one of the pre-chapter 4 Victor/ia fights.