January 15, 2008 - kenshinjeff
Convert US EUR monster hunter freedom 2 saves to JPN
Update: An alternative for the PSP slim is located here
All the files you’ll need – Download
Things to know before you start off
It took me several hours a day for several days to piece the whole procedure together, with the help of several friends. I’m doing this because I want to share my experiences/knowledge with the rest of the hunters in the world, nothing more. I expect the number of people visiting this site to increase over the course of this month as 2G is coming out, so if anyone feels helpful, do help out in any way you can in the comments. Like most people, I hate registration, floating adverts and rapidshare, so I’ll try to make this site as accessible as possible. If you have problems understanding my phrasing, do tell me so I can do amendments.
Japanese Monster Hunter Portable 2 = English Monster Hunter Freedom 2
.lbc files are actually text files which contain instructions and gamekeys to decrypt psp saves
There are a few reasons why someone would want to convert their hard earned US/EUR saves to the JPN version, or would even want to read this. If you have no tastes for theory, just skip all the way down to the practical part.
JPN version of monster hunter portable 2
– has more blood (technically I believe if you hurt a weak point, lots of blood will be spilling out. There might be a cwcheat for this, if anyone has it do tell me)
– it’s way cooler to play in japanese : D
– there’s an english patch available for the japanese version, it’s not 100% but you’ll get by
– last I checked, statistically, 25% of everyone who owns a psp in Japan has monster hunter, there should be more players on xlink kai
Okay, here we go~
Games which require firmware 2.0 and above most likely have the savegames encrypted, I would think there are 2 kinds of encryptions used, one which tells the psp to do the encryption, and the encrypts the savegame by game itself. For save games, there should be 3 different kinds of encrytion used, firmware 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0 above.
Monster Hunter Portable/Freedom 2 JPN/EUR/US uses 2.0 encryption, that can be decrypyed using a file containing the appropriate Gamekey.
Laboko is a japanese software, and they have most of the gamekeys for japanese games stored in Laboko’s boot.pbp file. The problem comes in when you need a gamekey for a US or EUR game like monster hunter freedom 2. You have to put the ULUS10266.lbc OR ULES00851.lbc into ms:/laboko/code/ (I would assume the extension means LaBoko Code or something, it’s not a usual extension that can be found)
We’re going to use Laboko to load save games from the memory stick and then convert an encrypted .bin to an unencrypted .bin file. With this .bin file, you can use a hex editor to modifiy your save games. THEN RENAME YOUR FILE TO ULJM05156.BIN. Afterwhich you use Laboko to convert your plain .bin back to the encrypted .bin. Since Laboko already contains the JPN gamekey, you can use Laboko to save your plain .bin to an encrypted JPN .bin!
Laboko 101 – Download
ULUS10266.lbc – Download
ULES00851.lbc – Download
You will also need a JPN game save from somewhere online. Probably gamefaqs, I won’t be posting any JPN save files, cos they’re not mine and my own is just to embarrassing to show : D
If you have firmware 1.0 or 1.5, you should be able to run Laboko without any problems.
If you have custom firmware from M33, or you have problems getting Laboko to start, you’ll need to install the 150 kernel addon. A word of advice, if you’ve never flashed your PSP or are afraid of bricking your psp, you are better off asking for help in other places, sorry. Then again, you shouldn’t have any problems as I was on M33 3.71 R4, I merely followed instructions in the text file and viola, I can run Laboko : D
TAKE NOTE FOR THE SLIM:
If you are using the slim, you will need to use the TimeMachine /w Pandora to load your slim into 1.5 kernel.
Also, you should try to have less than 5 saves on in your PSP’s save directory. From lurking I have heard that laboko doesn’t play well with more than 5 saves. So this might be one of the things choking up laboko.
After you run Laboko in the first time, a laboko directory will be created. Quit Laboko, and put the appropiate .lbc file into ms:/laboko/code and run Laboko again. I made the mistake of using the inbuilt usb in Laboko and I couldn’t convert the first time round.
You only need the correct one, so just download one.
ULUS10266.lbc << US Gamekey
ULES00851.lbc<< EU Gamekey
Follow the instructions which I ripped all over the internet and you’ll be on your way.
To convert your ENCRYPTED .bin to DECRYPTED .bin
> Menu 2 > Choose the US/EUR gamesave file > Menu 4 > Wait a few seconds > Viola
This shot here is actually wrong. It should show Monster Hunter Freedom 2nd on the left but the option is selected. This option does the decryption.
An decrypted .bin file should show up in the root directory of your memory stick.
RENAME THAT FILE FROM:
– ULUS10266.BIN TO ULJM05156.BIN
– ULES00851.BIN TO ULJM05156.BIN
Yes I was a dolt, and I left this step out. Sorry. I assumed everyone knew how to read that part which says it’s missing the ULJM05156.BIN
To convert your DECRYPTED ULJM05156.bin to ENCRYPTED .bin
> Menu 2 > Choose the JPN gamesave file > Menu 5 > Wait a few seconds > Viola
You can now delete that ULJM05156.BIN you have in your root, or leave it there.
Load your JPN Monster Hunter Portable 2, see your savefile and ENJOY THE BLOOD!
In the next guide, I’ll teach you how to apply the english patch to MHP2 so you can have english menus!
Many many thanks to my Korean friend for providing me with BOTH the lbc files with the Gamekeys.