MHF Server Comparison

Item Taiwan Japan Description
TL;DR?

Taiwanese Version:

50-75% cheaper for subscriptions and premium.

Does not require a VPN. No bans for foreign languages.

Lower population.

9 Months behind JP. Gets content later, but faster than JP historically. Catching up slowly.

Costs more for Lottery Coins ($0.07~ more per coin).

Japanese Version:

9 months ahead of Taiwanese server. Always gets content first.

Cheaper for Lottery Coins ($0.07~ less per coin).

Higher population.

More expensive for everything except lottery coins.

Requires a Japanese VPN active while playing.

Premium Equipment exclusively tied to expensive merchandise.

A very small risk of being banned for VPN or foreign language use.

TL;DR of TL;DR:

TW is cheaper and doesn't need a VPN, but it's behind.

JP is ahead, but it's on average two to four times as expensive.

Basics
Version Z1.2 Z2

Versions upgrades are always free on both servers. Z1.2 is the final version of Z1, but Monsters are still going to be released across multiple the next few months.

TW is functionally around 8 to 9 months behind JP.
Platforms PC, PSN PC, PSN, XB360, Wii U TW currently has only a PS3 and PS Vita release. Z1 was the first version available on PS4 and is expected to be out on PS4 around the 14th September for TW.
VPN Needed? No Yes Japanese servers block international IPs and requires a VPN active at all times to play.
Core Subscriptions
Hunter Life See Below $12.60 / 30 Days

Needs to be active for any content above HR4.

The basic course required to do any content above HR4, completely compulsary to play the game.

On JP the first 30 days are $4.60 (doesn't include EX) and bulk purchases are 15% cheaper and around $11 a month.

You need this to do the content even if you are above the rank requirment for a quest.

EX Course See Below $5.40 / 30 Days

Without this you will need to enter the blacksmith or your house after every single quest for items.

EX Course enables convenience features such as town boxes and extra items in the store (Honey, Catalysts, etc.). This is pretty much compulsary for sanity or for working on your Hunter (Caravan) Gem.
EX and HL $9.90 / 30 Days $18.00 / 30 Days

The only subscription on the Taiwanese server.

TW only has a single subscription type that gives both HL and EX for 30 days.

Month to month this always costs less than simply HL on the JP servers and notably less than both HL and EX on them.

The first month is half price ($4.90) and there are rare offers for 50% off or 20% off on the sub in general.

Premium Courses
Premium See Below $9 / 3 days

A course for fast rank and point earning and getting G1%s.

All types of Ranking Points Multiplied. Halks can only drop skill books. Extra fixed slot rewards. Diva and Caravan points multiplied (GCP). Doubled gems for Ravientes. If you carve the most common carve, it can be rerolled automatically.
Assist See Below $9 / 3 days

A course with strong AI partners that gets you more carves and materials.

Always active Great Luck effect. Access to a Legendary Rasta (still farcasts). 4 extra Legendary Pugi carves. Partner always gets 4 carve slots. 4x GCP. 4x Hunter (Caravan) Gem colours.
Hiden See Below $9 / 3 days

A course to ease a large scale grind.

Grants additional souls, ribbons and merits required for Hiden Armours. Also gives increased GRP and GSRP.

Around 1600 quests are needed for 5 Hiden decorations without this course and 775 with it. Can be paired with Hiden Boost weeks to get even more returns. True Hiden decorations need 20 normal Hiden decorations.

Hunter Aid

$3.30 / 1 day

$16.50 / 7 days ($2.30 a day)

$28 / 3 days

($9.30 a day)

A deluxe course to get all the above effects and further ease grind.

Always active Halk Pot effect. +1 carves on all carvable parts. HC material rates doubled (HC 5% > 10%, GHC 2% > 4%). 1.25 damage multiplier for yourself and any Legendary Rastas. Legendary Rasta will not farcast. Diva Song is free and always max level.

On TW the single day also includes HL and EX.

NetCafe Courses
The only proper way to get N Points on the Japanese PC version is to physically go to NetCafes in Japan itself.
N Course (JP only) - $18 / 16 hours

Console versions only.

The N Course gives you the benefits you would gain by being in a Japanese NetCafe, if you are not in Japan there is no way for a PC player to obtain these benefits.

This is only available by playing on a version other than PC in Japan. You are given a fixed 240 N Points from this course.

N Boost (JP only) - $9 / 16 hours

Intended to be used while in a NetCafe.

Provides facilities that are usually longer term grinds such as enabling all Caravan Gem skills. Also enables multiple Legendary Rastas and gives a flat 25,000 GRP while taking any G Rank quests while on the course. Also provides the Soul Rebirth skill without needing to have 11 GSR999 weapons once per quest (instant full health recovery from any HP amount if you reach 0 HP from a hit.).

You gain 2 N Points every 5 minutes, this means you get 240 N Points at most from this course if you spend every possible minute in game. If you miss any of the time for this sub you will naturally lose potential N Points at the same rate you would gain them.

Grace Course (TW Only) $9.90 / 24 Hours -

Gives all of the benefits of being in a Japanese NetCafe and includes Hunter Aid, HL and EX.

Gives a fixed 1200 N Points. Includes an additional 3x multiplier to ranking points that stacks with every other multiplier type.

This can functionally be considered Super VIP but also provides all the benefits you would gain from actually being in a NetCafe (with more N Points than that would provide).

Also gives a set of consumable items including those that are somewhat rare (Starving Wolf Pots) for each day you have it.
There are semi-regular events that boost the N Points from this course to 3,600 NP per day.

Grace Boost Course (TW Only) $13 / 24 Hours - Gives all of the benefits of the TW Grace Course but gives a fixed 3,300 N Points total. This also gives you all of the additional bonsuses from the Japanese N Boost course including three Legendary Rastas, 25,000 fixed GRP per quest, Soul Revival etc.
There are semi-regular events that boost the N Points from this course to 5,700 NP per day.
Paid Equipment
Premium Kit $23 $26 A Premium Kit is functionally a set of tickets that give you access to a set of themed pieces of equipment. Kits always contain the tickets to make 2 full armour sets though most are not useful. Newer kits and upgraded old kits go all the way to ZP in the MHF-Z update and are relevant at all levels of progression.
Package Kit $23 to $33 $80 to $100+

Package Kits are fundamentally different on the two servers, on JP they are bundled with Physical Goods while on TW they are simply another Premium Kit you can buy outright.

This means that on the Japanese server you will have to pay up to and potentially in excess of $100 after shipping and taxes to get the associated equipment as you will also need to buy the physical items they are bundled with (Bags, Plushies etc.) rather than just getting the Kit if you need it.

Other Buyables
Pugi Outfit $1.65 $4.50

A premium outfit is required to equip your Pugi with a Premium Cuff, which are very much something that can enable an entire set depending on what skills you are going for. You will only ever need to buy one of these unless you want to play dress up with your pugis.

Premium Pugi Cuffs $3.30 $9.00

A set of tickets to craft whatever Premium Cuffs you desire. There are three different ticket packs with G Rank ones being the most useful and commonly utilised.

Always comes with 1x PA, 2x PB, 5x PC cuff materials for whatever type you buy (I, II or G).

Character Slots $2.65 $9.00

An extra slot for a character on your account. These are completely disconnected from your first character and do not share inventory etc. but you can transfer items to them in the Gook Farm as long as you have an EX Course subscription.

If you utilise the Grace Course you will also be able to claim the set of daily consumables each day on every single character you have.

G Upgrade Tickets

$2.65 / 10 Tix

$4.60 / 20 Tix

$7.40 / 10 Tix

$12.80 / 20 Tix

Used to upgrade Premium Kit equipment to G Rank levels. Much less relevant in recent updates than before G9, Premium Kits generally come with at least 5 where needed.

Restyle Points $2.65 $6 to $7.20

Restyle points can change either your partner's or actual character's Face, Voice or Under Clothing. Each of these changes costs a single point.

These are only used for the aforementioned restyles, changing hairstyle never uses a Restyle point.

Gachapon (Lottery) $0.55 to $1.00 per Coin $0.50 to $0.90 per Coin

Lottery coins are pretty much exactly what you would expect. You use them to gamble. This is generally for the purpose of getting Lottery Exclusive armour pieces which are purely RNG dependant. Typically you should expect to spend in the region of 20 to 60 coins to get anything desirable, but actual number can vary wildly because of the nature of lotterires.

The TW server has multiple pieces of equipment that are exclusive to the Taiwanese version tied to lottery.

These coins can also be used to buy certain items such as Skill Fruits, Superior Tickets or Hiden Stones. Some of these items are exclusively available for purchase with coins only on the TW server.

Box Expansions $- $5.40 per Page

Not yet released on TW.

Pages are per type, per character you can add up to 5 Equipment Pages and 5 Item Pages. This means you need to buy 10 for each character if you want maximum pages pushing this to $54.00 total. TW prices will be added when Z is out and the function is available.

Gender Change $7.90 $18.00

Not yet released on TW.

Simply costs 3 Restyle Points which makes it the equivalent of the best pricing for 3 Points.