A Flashpoint is an instanced adventure event for cooperative group-play. They are not simple 'dungeons' to battle through; they also include various paths, decision points, and cinematics.  They are repeatable and will offer some of the best gear in play.
Flashpoint missions are typically divided into a series of connected events, including conversations, boss battles, and other objectives. Each objective develops in both action and story, such as with enemy movement, changes in the environment, etc. This story aspect is designed to help players further develop their characters.
The combat experience is tightly integrated with the story (e.g., types of enemies, their AI behavior, their abilities). These will be some of the most challenging combat encounters, requiring not just a full group of players, but players with superior coordination and skill.
The moral choices in Flashpoints will sometimes have more consequences than Dark or Light Side points. Likewise, completing bonus objectives can sometimes open new options for the mission.
There are 13 flashpoints for both factions starting at level 7 and becoming available every few levels after.
|Level Ranges||HM Gear|
|The Black Talon||X||X||T1.2 Wrist|
|The Esseles||X||X||T1.2 Wrist|
|Boarding Party||X||X||T1.2 Hands|
|Taral V||X||X||T1.2 Hands|
|The Foundry||X||X||T1.2 Feet|
|Maelstrom Prison||X||X||T1.2 Feet|
|Colicoid War Games||X|
|The Red Reaper||X|
|Directive 7||X||X||T1.2 Legs|
|The False Emperor||X||X||T1.2 Chest|
|The Battle of Ilum||X||X||T1.2 Off|
|Kaon Under Siege||X||X||T1.2 Head|
|The Lost Island||X||X||??|
- Flashpoints on Star Wars: The Old Republic.com
- Star Wars: The Old Republic Updated Q&A - Flashpoints...The Old Republic's Answer to Dungeons?