"A small handheld weapon that is designed to be thrown. It emits a high-pitched sound and a bright flash of light designed to disrupt enemy senses."
- Weapon description
The Flashbang is a kind of throwable grenade featured in CrossFire.
The Flashbang is used to blind players and muffle all sounds for a short period of time. This allows you to attack the enemy while he is stunned and cannot see/hear very well. But, it can also blind you, so it's helpful but dangerous at the same time.
Often times a teammate will be unwary that a friendly is in that location and a flash will blind a teammate and get them killed. The duration the flash effects can be reduced by using the Flash Guard item. To piss off some teammates, they will often purposely throw flashbangs at allies and blind them such as a camping snipers or campers in general.
In Mutation Mode, some dirty players like to throw flashbangs at other players about 3 seconds before the round starts to get an advantage if they randomly become a mutant, but is a double edged sword as there is no guarantee the one should become a mutant.
- The Flashbang model used in CrossFire has a close resemblance to M7290 Flash Grenade made by the United States.
- In reality, although appears as accidents, Flashbang can cause lethal damage that could fatally injure anyone who got hit dangerously by it (mostly at close ranges). Its explosion can cause direct skinburns, flames, close-contact corrosive, ear bleeding that causes permanent deaf, or even damaging the corona of the victim's eyes that could lead to a permanent blind.