Flails, also known as horseman's flails, were a type of one-handed, martial melee weapon.[6][7]


Flails consisted of a haft about 2 pounds (910 grams) long[8] with a heavy metal ball or rod attached by chain to the end of the haft. This ball or rod was often spiked.[4]


Military flails evolved from tools used to thresh grain. These lighter flails were typically used as one-handed weapons from horseback, but there were also heavy flails and dire flails for infantry that required two hands. Flails could be used to trip opponents and their flexible chains increased the chance of entangling an enemies weapon, thereby disarming them.[9]


Flails are often used by priests, although several warriors of note, including the genasi Cephas preferred the flail to other weapons.[10]

Notable flailsEdit

Flail of Ages
from Baldur's Gate (game)


See also: Heavy flail and Dire flail

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