OGC:Flashstone (3.5e Equipment)
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Similar to a thunderstone, a flashstone is an alchemical invention — a small stone coated in chemicals that result in a blinding flare of light when set off by a powerful impact. A flashstone can be thrown as a grenadelike weapon. When it strikes a hard surface, it creates a brilliant burst of light. Creatures within a 10-foot radius must make a Reflex save (DC 13) or be blinded. In addition to the obvious effects (no Spot checks, for example), a blinded creature suffers a 50% miss chance in combat (as if an opponent had full concealment), loses any Dexterity bonus to AC, moves at half speed, and suffers a –4 penalty on most Strength- and Dexterity-based skill checks. Further, anyone attacking a blinded character gets a +2 to his attack roll. Unlike a thunderstone, an opponent who is prepared for this attack can shield himself from its effects by covering his eyes or looking away; however, he is effectively blind for as long as he shields his eyes.
Flashstones also make effective signaling devices, helping a group to coordinate an ambush.
Price: 60 gp; Raw Materials Cost: 20 gp; Craft (alchemy): DC 26; Weight: 1 lb.