Ys V: Kefin, The Lost City of Sand
Ys 5 cover
Super Famicom cover art






JP December 29, 1995
March 30, 2006

Ys V: Kefin, The Lost City of Sand ( イースV 失われた砂の都ケフィン Īsu V: Ushinawareta Suna no Miyako Kefin?) is the fifth game of the series. It was released for SNES in 1995. A remake was released for PS2 in 2006.

Plot Edit

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.

Gameplay Edit

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.

Expert Differences Edit

This is a list of known differences between the original Ys V and the Expert mode remake of Ys V:

  • Overall more difficult
  • Time Attack Mode
  • There is an extra dungeon behind the stairs of Dorman's Mansion
  • Skeleton enemies with shields block periodically
  • Stronger variants of normal enemies throughout the game
  • New second area where Master Rod is injured in Northwood
  • In the third area (originally the second) of Northwood there's a new tree enemy
  • In the East Wing of Kefin City the falling rock puzzle has been revamped and now includes obstacles and switches

English translation Edit

No official English version was released. However, Aeon Genesis released a fan translation of the SNES version in the end of 2013.

Ys Series

Main Series

OriginI & II: Ancient Ys Vanished - The Final ChapterIII: The Oath in FelghanaIV: Memories of Celceta
V: Kefin, The Lost City of SandVI: The Ark of NapishtimSevenVIII: Lacrimosa of Dana

Replaced Games

Wanderers from YsMask of the SunThe Dawn of Ys


Legacy (Anime) – StrategyOnlineVs. Sora no Kiseki: Alternative Saga