Blinding Flash


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Blinding Flash in action.

Blinding Flash is a Defensive Monk skill unlocked at Level 4. The Monk blinds his enemies with a flash of light.


The Monk expends spirit energy to create a flash of light which blinds his enemies, preventing them from attacking unless attacked first.

Skill Rune Effects[edit]

Name Level Description
Blinding Flash

1 Cooldown: 15 seconds

Create a flash of light that blinds all enemies within 20 yards for 3 seconds. Elite enemies recover faster, but suffer a 30% chance to miss with attacks.

MedRuneD Self Reflection
1 Increase the duration enemies are blinded to 6 seconds.
MedRuneC Mystifying Light
1 Blinded enemies are also slowed by 80% for 5 seconds.
MedRuneB Replenishing Light
1 Each enemy you Blind restores 10 Spirit.
MedRuneA Faith in the Light
1 You deal 29% increased damage for 3 seconds after using Blinding Flash.

Skill Design[edit]

This skill first appeared at BlizzCon 2010; in the demo, it was one of the skills the Monk already had points in. The Monk sends out a fast sphere of light which blinds nearby enemies, marking them with a special sign which appears above them.


The following Monk passives provide a benefit to Blinding Flash, runed or not:

Name Level Description

1 Damage you deal reduces enemy damage by 20% for 4 seconds.
Beacon of Ytar

1 Reduce all cooldowns by 20%.


Blinding Flash was first revealed at BlizzCon 2010; it is the renamed and updated version of the skill Radiant Visage. Flux reported on using this skill in the demo:[1]

Quite likely you’ll want some of the defensive skills for very special occasions. This one sounds like it would help against a really nasty boss pack, or against a bunch of ranged attackers. And the defensive skills will probably be very useful later in the game; just not so much early on, as powerful as the Monk is in his killing techniques.


Skill tiers were removed shortly before the beta started in September 2011, and Blinding Flash became a level 1 skill. The skill system was once again overhauled for the Beta Patch 13 in February 2012, and Blinding Flash was classified as a Defensive skill and moved to level 4.


Blinding Flash can be seen in action on video here:

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