I did lock in a couple times. It would just go through them, was quite odd.
I switched to combo + R1 and X. That works better.
How do people spend their haze? You can level up with it. You get skills with it. Transform equipment. Buy equipment. Buy items, veils etc.
There is way too much you can do with it. How do people decide what to spend it on?
Well I just got to the base, so I haven't upgraded any weapons yet. But personally if I'm able to consistently farm haze, which should be possible near any save point, then it's not really important which I spend on first, because I'll get to all of it eventually. I ran around near a save spot before and got a few levels, and then I got all skills, and then continued with a few more lvls before moving on.
When I play next I'll prioritize all the skills from the new class I got, and then I want to try upgrading a weapon.
One thing I'm wondering about is the consumable item called Regeneration. Do those also replenish when you rest at a save point, like standard healing items?
If I test this out by using some Regeneration items, and they don't replenish, then I will have lost them, when they could have been more useful on a boss fight.