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.




Background[edit]

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
(database)

Defensive
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
(database)
1 Increase the duration enemies are blinded to 6 seconds.
MedRuneC Mystifying Light
(database)
1 Blinded enemies are also slowed by 80% for 5 seconds.
MedRuneB Replenishing Light
(database)
1 Each enemy you Blind restores 10 Spirit.
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1
MedRuneA Faith in the Light
(database)
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.


Synergies[edit]

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

Name Level Description
Resolve
(database)

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

Passive
1 Reduce all cooldowns by 20%.


Development[edit]

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.

Beta[edit]

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.


Media[edit]

Blinding Flash can be seen in action on video here:

You can find pictures in the Diablo III screenshot and picture gallery:



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