Freeform Gradient Crashes Illustrator
If press V and I select seemingly any object in my drawing, press G to select gradient, and then I select Freeform Gradient, then Illustrator simply freezes forever until I force it to close. I'm able to select Linear and Radial gradient just fine. This only seems to happen with Freeform Gradient. I attached my file to this ticket. If you want a specific object to try, try the blue handle of the sword in the bottom right. But it seems to happen on any object.
I'm using Adobe Illustrator 26.0.3 64-bit.
My RAM is not overloaded, and I have a great CPU, so it does not seem performance related. I'm using 64-bit Windows 11 Home 21H2 22000.493. 32 GB RAM, Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-10900K CPU @ 3.70GHz 3.60 GHz.
I don't know what the deal is with this document specifically, but freeform gradients work fine w/o crashing, on a new document on my system.
The document you've shared has 235,831 path objects.
235,766 of those are guides (see screenshot)
This document as-is bogs my illustrator down pretty heavily. After clearing all guides I have no issues.
Also have no issues applying a freeform gradient to the lower-right sword handle.
I confirm that. Illustrator freezes.
Thanks for reporting this.