How to Earn Shards in Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy

Atelier Ryza 2

Wondering how to earn and use shards in Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends & The Secret Fairy? Here’s everything you need to know.

If you’re playing Atelier Ryza 2 on the easiest difficulty, chances are you might get to the end of the game without ever knowing what a shard is and what it’s used for. But if you’re playing on a higher difficulty, and/or simply want to get the most out of the game’s combat, you’ll likely need to use a lot of them. Here’s how to earn shards in Atelier Ryza 2, and what they’re used for.

Shards are another form of currency in the game, but one you’ll only ever use when it comes to combat. Shards allow you to level up your party members’ Core Charge (CC) as well as modify their Core Crystal. If you want to use a lot of items in battle, it’s a good idea to do these things. To access the Core menu, press triangle (or X on Switch) to enter the main menu, then choose ‘Core Item’.


In there, you’ll be able to assign four items to each character, which will then be available to them in battle. But clicking the ‘Modify Core Crystal’ option will allow you to access a further menu. There, you can increase a character’s CC – a charge that’s needed to use items in battle – as well as change their elemental allowance. Doing both of these things requires shards.

So: how do you earn shards in Atelier Ryza 2? Thankfully, earning shards is very simple, and you’ll typically do it automatically. You’ll earn them in battle; each time you use your CC (so each time you use an item in battle), you’ll earn shards. The more items your party uses, the more shards you’ll earn.

If you’re in a pinch and need to build up your shards, simply enter into a few battles. Make sure you use a mixture of offensive and defensive items, and those shards will quickly accumulate.