The Red Wisp has a head that looks like a flame and has three blue eyes that form a triangular pattern on its head. It has three flame-like tentacles that stem from the head. Excluding the Wii-exclusive Blue Wisp, the Red Wisp is the only Wisp to have three eyes. As the Red Burst, Sonic looks like his head but instead of quills, there are flames at the back of his head, along with the flame red color and the yellow eyes.
It can give Sonic the Red Burst Color Power, turning Sonic into a fireball. It can jump multiple times in the air, releasing small explosions of fire with each jump. The longer the jump is charged up, the larger the explosion will be. The explosion can destroy numerous enemies. It can be used for certain gimmicks in the game, like hot air balloons, Ferris wheels, and popcorn cannons. It is the second color power to be discovered in the game.