A flash suppressor, also known as a flash hider is a device attached to the muzzle of a rifle or other firearm that reduces the visible signature of the burning gases that exit the muzzle, which may also reduce recoil. This reduces the chances that the shooter will be blinded in dark conditions. A secondary benefit of flash suppression is the reduction of the flash visible to the enemy.
— In-game description
The Flash Suppressor is a weapon attachment featured in Battlefield 3. Unlike the sound suppressor, it hides only the muzzle flash of a weapon and slightly reduces its recoil but it does not affect the bullet drop or damage of the weapon.
— Battlelog description
The Flash Hider is a weapon attachment featured in Battlefield 4, functioning similarly to its Battlefield 3 counterpart.
It is available on all weapons except shotguns, but can only be acquired through Battlepacks. The attachment will eliminate a weapon's muzzle flash, clearing the player's sight picture while firing and making it harder for enemy players to tell where the shots are coming from. However, the Flash Hider also makes a weapon's spread decrease 17% slower while aiming, meaning it takes slightly longer for a weapon to reset to its base accuracy after firing. Because of this, firing in rapid bursts is not recommended with the attachment, as the weapon's accuracy will not recover quite as quickly. Hipfire is not affected by the aiming spread decrease.
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— In-game description
The Flash Hider is a weapon attachment featured in Battlefield Hardline. It hides muzzle flash, allowing the user more concealment when engaging in a firefight. It has no statistical changes to weapon function.
- Players can only equip the flash suppressor on Carbines, Assault Rifles, LMGs, PDWs, and the SKS, while DICE developers can also equip it on other semi-automatic and bolt-action sniper rifles.
- Interestingly, the handgun variant of the Flash Hider is called PistolMuzzleBreak in the game files, whereas the actual pistol Muzzle Brake is just referred to as MuzzleBreakLight.
- The Flash Hider originally provided only the neutral benefit of hiding a weapon's muzzle flash, but was given a 17% slower aiming spread decrease penalty with the 2015 Spring update.