Chōmei is able to form a fine powder that can be used for concealment. When used by its jinchūriki, the scale powder can be expelled from the mouth to be used to create a blinding light. This powder, according to Gekihen, is highly flammable and, when it burns, the intensity of the heat and the lustre dramatically increase, blinding targets for prolonged periods of time whilst incinerating people surrounded by it.
While the kanji in the term 'rinpun' (鱗粉) literally mean 'scale powder', the term refers specifically to insect scales (such as the 'dust' on moth wings). According to old wives' tales, that dust causes blindness.