Ultima V – Warriors of Destiny

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Ultima V – Warriors of Destiny
Title screen from the game
Game No. 442
Voting 7.94 points, 17 votes
Developer Richard Garriott
Company Origin Systems
Musician Kenneth W. Arnold
HVSC-File MUSICIANS/A/Arnold_Kenneth/Ultima_V-Warriors_of_Dest.sid
Release 1988
Platform C64, C128, Amiga, Apple II, Atari ST, FM-Towns, NES, PC-DOS
Genre RPG 2D
Gamemode 1 Single player
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Media Icon disk525 8.png
Language Language:english
Information Forerunner:Follower:


Ultima V - Warriors of Destiny is the fifth part of the Ultima series.
Lord British was abducted into the Dungeons of Wraith during an expedition and is now believed to be lost. Since then, the meanie Blackthorn rules with an iron hand over Britannia. The land lives in fear and disturbance, a resistance movement is formed and your former companions call you, the Avatar, back to Britannia to find Lord British and re-establish order.

The upper world
A place in the forest


As with the forerunners you see the world in different scales from an upper/side view, the group is shown as one figure, the landscape scrolls around you. Only during the fight you can freely move the single members of the group.

Sound technically there are only a few (although crisp) sound effects and on the C128 a few music pieces.

A fight breaks out
A fortress from the inside

The group is steered with the joystick, commands are entered by keyboard and partially concretised by a direction input from the joystick. So you can start a conversation with the key "T" after you have chosen the desired "direction for speaking" - so the conversational partner - with the joystick.


Tips & Tricks

  • The password for the resistance is Dawn, the one of the oppressors is Imperia.
  • You get the sextant from David in the lighthouse Greyhaven, if you ask him for it.
  • From Elisatria and Thrud, both followers of the new government, you will get the Black Badge. Address her with "Opression", then "Items".
  • Blackthorne's castle teems with trap doors.
  • The Skull Keys will also open the orange, magically sealed doors.
  • You find the handy lock pick in a tree stump in Minoc. If you absolutely want to spend money, you can also buy it at Kristin Serpent's Hold.
  • The Spyglass shows at night which towns will be attacked next by the Shadowlord. You will get it from Lord Seggalion in Farthrin.
  • With the Grappler the party can cross mountains. You get it from Lord Michael.


The mantras for the stones

  • Humility: LUM
  • Spirituality: OM
  • Justice: BEH
  • Sacrifice: CAH
  • Honesty: AHM
  • Honor: SUMM
  • Compassion: MU
  • Valor: RA


Words of Power - for opening the dungeons

  • Malum
  • Fallax
  • Ignavus
  • Inopia:Destard
  • Infama
  • Vilis:Dungeon Despise
  • Avidus


Voting of the C64-Wiki users (10=the best vote):
7.94 points at 17 votes (rank 93).
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C64Games 9 3rd April 2015 - 9 out of 10 points - 19597 downs
Lemon64 9 3rd April 2015 - 8,8 out of 10 points - 91 votes
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Kultboy 9 3rd April 2015 - 9,04 out of 10 points - 24 votes
The Legacy 9 3rd April 2015 - "excellent" - 10 votes
ASM 9 Issue February 1989 - 11 out of 12 points p.88
Power Play 9 Issue February 1989 - 88%
Special January 1989 - 89% - p.111
Amiga Joker 10 Special 3. 1992 - 91% - p.12
64er 10 Issue July 1989
Commodore User 9 Issue December 1988 - 86%
Games Machine 9 Issue January 1989 - 89% - p.80


Power Play February 1989 (Power vote: 88 points): "The Avatar epos of Lord British is finally released for the C64. Full eight disk sides of role play game is what you get offered; you have a lot to chew with so much material. The story is cleverly devised, the warriors are brave, the package inserts are precious and the villains are numerous. Unfortunately, the loading times are considerable despite the built-in fastloader. If you are not disturbed by this, you are well-served with Ultima V. (German original by Anatol Locker)

Bamse: "Unbelievable dense atmosphere, strong love for details and exciting tasks. This Ultima is simply ingenious and very complex, but thanks to eight disk sides also very slow!".


Commodore 128[edit]

The C64 version had a boot sector for the C128 so it could instantly start after being put into the drive and starting the C128. Furthermore, the game used the additonal memory in the C128 mode. Amongst others, there was now accompanying music. Loading times and disk changes were significantly reduced, especially if a 1571 was used as a disk drive.


The intro of Ultima V - Warriors of Destiny


The front cover of Ultima V - The Warriors of Destiny
The back cover of Ultima V - The Warriors of Destiny


Diskette 1
Diskette 2

Diskette 3
Diskette 4


An advertisement for the game (Rushware)
An advertisement for the game (Origin Systems)


This map was enclosed to the game
This coin was another accessory


Unfortunately, there is no highscore in this game.


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