So I did end up sitting down and playing some Graces F.
I'd like to say I made some progress, but the entire time was spent grinding for Gald. And even there I didn't really make much headway. My problem is I don't understand this game at all. I spend most of the money I make on boosting equipment, and by the time I make any gald grinding or via the Eleth Mixer/Dualizing my equipment is ready to be further boosted. There is no natural stopping point for boosting, and hell if I know what I'm doing when I boost the things anyway. It's all a bunch of numbers to me with no real order of importance!
I don't know. I love this game's story, modified battle system, and the world. But shards and gems just go way over my head -_-
Allow me to helpHave to be in F-arc
Gald Farming is without a doubt the easiest with the "Piggyback" method. The best way to do this fastest and to get (literally) the most bang for your buck, is by challenging the Rockagong. Yeah, I know, it's crazy. I recommend YouTubing this but I'll do my best here:
-- Hubert, Sophie, and Cheria have a Title that makes them take the damage of an attack and inflict it on the enemy (use the 'square' button descriptions to find it, they should all be within the first two rows)
-- I like using Hubert, his "Son of Lhant" or "Super brother" title needs to be set (I can't remember the names, 'square' button it(!
-- Equip ALL BOOKS that deal with doubling SP/EXP/Gald and halving stats
-- Set the difficulty to the hardest, and take off all good equipment.
-- Challenge Rockgagong on the HARDEST available mode you can
-- You accel guage will SOAR because Rock is such a high level enemy
-- When Rock swipes at you for 9999999 damage, hit the Accel Button IMMEDIATELY after it happens to "skip death" and pull off Hubert's super attack that will kill him in one hit. It's hard to time, but worth the insane sum of money.
Also, with regards to the expense of upgrading equipment, it's because your equipment is "too good" and that's why it costs a lot. First off, there are tons of items you can dualize to make more money, but if you can keep dualizing shitty equipment, you'll make up the difference between what you have equipped now and the stuff available in the next town. Here's a hot tip: Dualize the FIRST weapons you get in the game since it always costs peanuts to upgrade...this also makes it very beneficial for the "best equipment" that you dualize for with the "sphere" items in Zhonecage.
Something worth gamefaq's ing is dualize "qualities" to keep an eye out for. Certain qualities contain a "weapon resell value" and a "weapon multiplier value" (the latter being more valuable and ideal for a title later in the game and to "access" certain levels of Zhonecage). If you can find these qualities, you can help sell weapons for big money.
Random note: prioritize EVA and ACC stats in this game, they're the better stats.
Also for Dualizing, it's good to let that thing make some shit items to keep making the number bigger. The more you make, the bigger the charge on it, at least you technically "run out less" even though it won't solve your money issues.
In terms of good dualizing items. If you can make any of those rings, those are good. There's "Kaigar's Script" in the backstage part of that shitty piss poor winter town that can be dualized for major, major monies when you dualize it with a Quill. Just keep making things and selling them, look at Inn Requests that give you a lot of money as well. http://aselia.wikia.com/wiki/ToG_-_Manuscripts
The book od Disollution is great, Gathering, and Acquistion is great for this.