In the upcoming non-wipe closed beta test (Win a beta key here), Monster Hunter Online will implement a new system, Hunter Rank. Veteran MH players won't feel strange about this system which has been in previous MH games of different platforms. Hunter Rank simply tells how good a hunter is and it will work the same in Monster Hunter Online.
How to unlock Hunter Rank?
First of all you need to reach level 40, which is a milestone to become a skilled hunter. Upon reaching level 40 your character level will be replaced by Hunter Rank. Leveling up Hunter Rank not only tells others how many battles you've been through, it also allows you to access new quests.
Those who have obtained a beta key from 2P might not go that far to unlock Hunter Rank. We hope everyone enjoy the game and has a place to discuss the game with others at 2P's MHO forum. If you need more information about MHO, check out the game hub.