I finished the flame shikargar I was working on sometime last week. I did it entirely by farming on firesday minus maybe 2-3 geodes I bought off the AH when the were "cheaper." I want to say it took 2 months just for the 40 geode trial as I already had saved up around 15 geodes from months before anticipating I would build another fire trial weapon. I think all the kill x mobs during weather/day trials took me a week? Any other weather path at all could have finished farming geodes in a week tops. This doesn't seem unbalanced to people? I mean you could farm up 55 wind geodes in a day if you wanted to and those go for 15-20kish at times.
I know I could have probably spent less time farming up 4 mil gil or w/e, or rather just blowing the gil and making it back later. But it's the principle of the thing. Not asking for geodes to be cheaper. Just asking that flame geodes be as simple to farm as the other 7 elements. That's it. I mean, I'm not even going to do another fire magian trial, so I have no stake in this anymore and I still think it should be changed. My first fire magian weapon took far less time because flame geodes used to exist more before ifritites started dropping on pretty much anything people regularly kill. That and everyone wasn't jumping on resolution band-wagon (since it didn't exist yet) so pyrosoul rings were about 500k as opposed to 2mil+ like they are now.