Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand

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Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand
Ys 5 cover.jpg
PlayStation 2 box art
Developer(s) Nihon Falcom Corporation
Arc System Works (PS2)
Publisher(s) Nihon Falcom Corporation
Koei (Expert)
Taito (PS2)
Director(s) Tadashi Hayakawa
Producer(s) Masayuki Kato
Artist(s) Minako Iwasaki (Characters)
Kazuo Nakamura (Monsters)
Composer(s) Mieko Ishikawa
Naoki Kaneda
Satoshi Arai
Atsushi Shirakawa
Masaru Nakajima
Series Ys
Platform(s) Super Famicom, PlayStation 2
Release date(s) Super Famicom
  • JP: December 29, 1995
Ys Expert:
  • JP: March 22, 1996
PlayStation 2
  • JP: March 30, 2006
Genre(s) Action role-playing game
Mode(s) Single player

Ys V: Lost Kefin, Kingdom of Sand (イースV 失われた砂の都ケフィン?) is an action role-playing game for the Super Famicom developed by Nihon Falcom Corporation. It is the fifth game in the Ys series of video games. Ys V was originally released in 1995. In 1996, Falcom released a second version of the game for the Super Famicom with a higher difficulty level, known as Ys V Expert. A PlayStation 2 remake of Ys V was released in 2006 by Taito Corporation.


Adol is travelling through new lands, in search of more adventure, when he hears of the vanished desert city of Kefin. He sets off to investigate this ancient city's disappearance.


The RPG-style statistical elements and the overhead view of most of the previous games are retained in Ys V. As in Ys III, there is no auto-attack; the player must press a button to swing Adol's sword. Adol is also given the ability to jump and defend with his shield.

A new magic system is introduced in Ys V as well, which requires the player to charge up spells by holding a button before they can be cast.

Adol must level up physical skills and magical skills separately.


The soundtrack to Ys V was composed by Falcom's Sound Team JDK.

Ys V has received three soundtrack releases to date:

  • Ys V Image Album (1996): A short selection of original tracks from Ys V, followed by three arranged tracks from Falcom's J.D.K. Band, and a vocal arrangement.
  • Music from Ys V (1996): The complete soundtrack to Ys V.
  • Ys V Orchestra Version (1996): A selection of orchestrally-arranged pieces from Ys V.


Famitsu magazine scored the PS2 release of Ys V a 28 out of 40 (6/7/7/6).[1]


  1. ^ "News: Nintendo Reviews - Famitsu Rates Xenosaga DS". Cubed3. March 23, 2006. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 

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