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Ys is a series of action RPGs developed by Nihon Falcom that follows the adventures of the red haired swordman, Adol Christin. The franchise began on PC-88 in 1987 and now consists of seven main titles, multiple ports, and spin-off titles.

The name Ys (pronounced "eece") is derived from western European legend, Ys being a mythical city on the coast of Brittany. Many locations in the world of Ys have counterparts in the real world.


  • The series is known for its soundtracks, composed by Yuzo Koshiro ( Ys I and Ys II), Mieko Ishikawa ( Ys I, Ys II, Ys III, Ys IV, Ys V, Ys Origin), and Hideya Nagata ( Ys II), as well as their Sound Team J.D.K.
  • Although Adol shipwrecking on the shores of a new continent is a running joke among Ys fans, Adol rarely actually shipwrecks at the beginning of any of his adventures.
  • There are two versions of Ys IV, Mask of the Sun on the Super Famicom and Dawn of Ys on the PCE-CD. However Falcom had no hand in the development of either title, Tonkin House developed the SNES version and Hudson developed the PCE-CD version. Mask of the Sun is officially the canonical 4th entry in the series but technically there is no true Falcom developed Ys IV. However this changed in 2012 when Falcom released their own re-imaging of Ys IV for the Playstation Vita called Ys Foliage Ocean in Celceta.
  • All numbered Ys games is an entry from Adol's journal. So that reveals Adol has already passed on and someone is reading the journal about the red haired adventurer.

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