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Name Flail
Skill Maces & Flails
Damage 10
Accuracy 0
Base delay (%) 14
Min delay 7 at skill 14
Hands 1H
Size Little
Ranged? No
A mace with a short chain connecting the head to the haft.

“Even after forcing their way, with great effort and loss, through this double
defence, [the Germans] still found themselves at a disadvantage; for their
armour scarce enabled them to contend on equal terms with the uncouth but
formidable weapons of their adversaries. The Bohemians were armed with long
iron flails, which they swung with prodigious force. They seldom failed to
hit, and when they did so, the flail crashed through brazen helmet, skull and

-James A. Wylie, _The History of Protestantism_, vol. I, book 3, ch. 15
“John Huss and the Hussite Wars”. 1878.

This weapon falls into the Maces & Flails category. It is a one handed weapon.

The flail is a common, moderately powerful one-handed weapon, a step up from a mace. Although it's a little less powerful than a morningstar, it's faster and more accurate, making it a fair choice for the early game. Still, upgrading it as soon as possible is advisable.

Mundane Flail1.png
Magical Flail2.png
Artifact Flail3.png


  • Prior to 0.12, flails had only 9 base damage.
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