Flail Guide and Builds for New World

Last updated on Oct 16, 2023 at 12:30 by Lemoni 3 comments
General Information

Welcome to our guide for Flail, a weapon in New World. Within these pages, you will find everything required to understand how best to play with this weapon in both PvE and PvP.


Flail Overview

The Flail is an impactful support weapon that comes with potent group buffing capabilities, as well as, devestating crowd-control and debuffs to help take down enemies..


Flail Strengths and Weaknesses

V Strengths
  • +Incredible group support through buffs, healing, and crowd control
  • +Acts as a secondary healing weapon
  • +Versatile and can fit into many builds
  • +Fantastic disruption weapon because of staggers and knockdowns
X Weaknesses
  • -Low damage output
  • -Lacks quick, consistent mobility
  • -Lacks ability diversity in META content

Flail Builds

No matter what build the Flail is in, it will be a support weapon. It will be primarily used for its secondary support build that offers the most group synergy, but it can be interestingly used as an option for a healer-damage hybrid in PvE.

For more builds, beyond the two builds we present below, please refer to our PvE and PvP build pages:


Void Gauntlet Support


Life Staff PvP Secondary


PvE Healer


Void Gauntlet

Void Gauntlet offers healing over time and burst healing through Orb of Decay Orb of Decay. It allows you to root enemies in place with Petrifying Scream Petrifying Scream for defensive utility and to set up kills for teammates. You can also use Oblivion Oblivion to increase damage output, stamina and mana regeneration, and remove enemy buffs.


Sword and Shield

Sword and Shield synergize well with the flail as it also has the opportunity for 3 additional perks that can be provided from wearing a shield. Both of these weapons have potent support buffs, gap closers, and crowd-control lockdown potential..



Spear offers a second weapon that can be used to disrupt enemies. When paired with the Flail, this combination will provide a devestating mix of crowd-control abilities.


Other Weapons

The Flail is a support tool that can have viability when flexed into just about any weapon. It may not directly scale with the primary weapon that is selected, but you may use a support Flail build to still have effectiveness in combat.


Flail Attributes

Your attribute distribution will heavily rely on the build and playstyle you have selected. For clarity on attributes, please reference our PvP and PvE build sections.


Important Perks

This section restricts itself to the important perks of Flail. For a complete rundown, please read our dedicated guide:


Weapon Perks



  • Blessed Blessed — This perk is NECESSARY for healing. It is one of the only weapon perks that improves healing output.
  • Mending Vortex Mending Vortex — This perk provides incredible PvP survivability when using the Flail as a healer.
  • Keen Speed Keen Speed

Damage Support

A damage Flail becomes much more flexible and you can play to your preferences. It is just paramount to have Refreshing Move Refreshing Move within your build. It may also just be best to use the Artifact - Odo Odo.


PvP Perks


PvE Perks

  • Health Health
  • Refreshing Refreshing
  • Conditioning Perks — These can be used to counter expedition specific elemental damage.
  • Harnessing Perks

Jewelry Perks



  • Health Health — This is the standard pick for all builds, it is free health that will add to the defensiveness of your kit.
  • Stamina Recovery Stamina Recovery — This is a backpocket save when being focused and taking heavy damage. You will receive a burst of stamina that will allow you to potentially get a quick dodge that can save your life and continue the fight.
  • Thrust Protection Thrust Protection — This acts as a third perk option that provides more defensiveness against Bows, Muskets, Blunderbusses, Spears, and Rapiers.
  • Slash Protection Slash Protection — This acts as a third perk slot that provides more defensiveness against Greatswords, Great Axes, Hatchets, and Swords.


  • Sacred Sacred — This perk functions similarly to Blessed Blessed. It is one of the only ring perks that will result in a healing output increase. This should be the main perk you are searching for on a ring. ONLY USE IF YOU ARE A HEALER
  • Hearty Hearty — This provides an increase to your stamina cap by 10%, which is just enough to allow you to dodge twice while in light armor without draining your entire stamina bar. It significantly improves your mobility, making it a high priority in light armor, but it is not needed in medium or heavy loadouts.
  • Purifying Purifying
  • Invigorated Punishment Invigorated Punishment
  • Arcane Damage Arcane Damage
  • Strike Damage Strike Damage











Flail Heartrunes



Minor Heartrune of Stoneform Minor Heartrune of Stoneform is the most defensive and useful option a healer has. It allows you to freely break out of crowd control effects, become immune to stagger, and obtain defensive buffs. There are three viable upgrade options:

Stalwart Heartrune of Stoneform Stalwart Heartrune of Stoneform is the best pick as it not only gives a 10% Fortify, but a healing over time effect as well.


Grasping Vines

Minor Heartrune of Grasping Vines Minor Heartrune of Grasping Vines is the best option for non-healer support builds that are trying to emphasize their presence in a fight with crowd-control.

There are three viable upgrade options:

Brutal Heartrune of Grasping Vines Brutal Heartrune of Grasping Vines is the best pick to make sure that enemies caught in the rooting effect are vulnerable to high damage bursts.

When using other weapons, or if you are seeking more damage, Minor Heartrune of Detonate Minor Heartrune of Detonate can be used.

There are two viable upgrade options:

Brutal Heartrune of Detonate Brutal Heartrune of Detonate makes you more vulnerable, but will result in a massive AoE burst of damage. This is best in more defensive builds or for light armor builds where you play with more risk.


Gems and Consumables



For more detailed information on how to properly use Gems in your Flail build, please refer to the our Flail Gems guide.


Weapon Gems

It is best to use a Runeglass variant of a Cut Pristine Diamond Cut Pristine Diamond. This will allow for a mixture of increased damage and healing all while also applying damage over time effects.


PvP Gems

In PvP it is most effective to have an even resistance split, and then dedicate additional defensiveness to Thrust or Slash through an amulet perk like Thrust Protection Thrust Protection or Slash Protection Slash Protection.


PvE Gems

In PvE combat, more specifically mutators, elemental resistance is the main concern. You can use the following gems in your gear:

  • Elemental Resistance Gem x8 (Based on mutator elemental effect) + Amulet Protection Perk (Based on mutator elemental effect)


For more information on how to manage your cooldown hotbar, what consumables to use, what foods should be eaten, or tips on how to be more effective with your consumables in PvP and PvE, please refer to our Flail Consumables guide.


Flail Rotation and Gameplay

Your rotation will change dependent on the build you are playing. For more specific rotations please refer to our PvP Builds and PvE Builds:

For more information, about Flail abilities, we have a dedicated guide that goes through every single ability in great detail:



  • 15 Oct. 2023 (PvP builds page): Guide added.
  • 15 Oct. 2023 (PvE builds page): Guide added.
  • 15 Oct. 2023 (gems page): Guide added.
  • 15 Oct. 2023 (perks page): Guide added.
  • 15 Oct. 2023 (abilities page): Guide added.
  • 15 Oct. 2023 (this page): Guide added.
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