Since your adventure will become increasingly dangerous, it is important that you adapt your characters to ensure that they are more suited to the hazards ahead. You can carry out these and other character-developing tasks in the main menu and sub-menus.
The Main Menu:
You can access the main menu by pressing the Triangle button and from there you can access all the sub-menus.
All current members of your party are listed on the left-hand side of the menu, and are sorted according to battle sequence. Next to the name, you'll see the characters current HP and MP; the figure to the right of the backslash refers to their current maximum levels.
At the lower edge of your screen, your total playing time, your current cash reserves and your current location are displayed. The sub-menus are unavailable at the start of the game. However your options will increase during the course of your adventure. In all menus, you will see Help messages at the top of your screen.
Sphere Grid Menu:
Characters can increase their levels and acquire new skill on the Sphere Grid. .
Here you can browse trough the items you've collected as well as seeing how many items (shown in white) can be used directly within the menu with the Use command. For example, you can heal your character between battles, sending them into combat with optimum strenght. Sort allows you to sort items manually or automatically, ensuring that you always have a clear overview of them.
If you want to sort your equipment manually, you'll provided with information on each selected object. At the top left you'll see wich character can equip the equipment; next to that you'll see his/her current levels and equipment s/he's presently carrying, as well as any associated abilities. At the bottom right of the screen, you'll see the abilities associated with the selected object. However you can only switch your equipment in the Equip menu (or during battle).
Key Items will list the items in your possession wich you cannot use or equip, buth wich are valuable nonentheless. Take a look at the Items chapter to find out more about items and their abilities.