Quotation1 Red Wisps are lively, but slightly scatterbrained Wisps that have the power of the Red Burst. Quotation2
— Description, Sonic Colors[1]

The Red Wisp (レッドウィスプ Reddouisupu?) is a type of Wisp which first appeared in the Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors. They grant the Red Burst Color Power.


The Red Wisps have a head that looks like a flaming teardrop with two small spikes at the top, and have three blue eyes that form a triangular pattern on their head. They also have three flame-like tentacles that stem from the head.

Game appearances

Sonic Colors

The Red Wisps made their first appearance on both versions of Sonic Colors, though they only appear during cutscenes on the Wii version. When their homeworld was moved to Earth by Dr. Eggman in order to create his interstellar amusement park, the Red Wisps and the rest of their race were threatened to be enslaved by Eggman, who wanted their Hyper-go-on to control the minds of everyone on Earth using a weapon. Fortunately, the Red Wisps and the rest of their race were all freed thanks to the efforts of Sonic the Hedgehog. After Dr. Eggman's Incredible Interstellar Amusement Park imploded into a black hole, the Red Wisps worked together with the rest of their race in stopping the black hole and succeeded, before returning with their homeworlds to their original place in the universe.

The Red Wisps appear in Tropical Resort and Sweet Mountain on the Nintendo DS version of the game.

Sonic Generations

The Red Wisps reappeared in the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations, where they only appear in Tropical Resort Act 1.

Sonic Lost World

The Red Wisps made another reappearance in the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World. They appear in Windy Hill, Sky Road and Lava Mountain.

Sonic Forces

In Sonic Forces, the Red Wisps return as a power-up for the Avatar's Wispon, as they are used for the Burst Wispon. This also marks the Red Wisp's first appearance in a home console game.


The Red Wisps are a lively and energetic type of Wisps, but come off as slightly scatterbrained.[1]

Powers and abilities

The Red Wisps are able to levitate in midair at will, which serves as their main method of transportation.

The Red Wisps are able to generate and store their own unique variant of a powerful energy known as Hyper-go-on inside their own bodies, which is their life source. It is unclear to what extent they can use their own Hyper-go-on, through they have been shown being able to restrain black holes made of Hyper-go-on.

The Red Wisps are able to pass on a fraction of their Hyper-go-on to other beings by phasing into their body, which allows them to transform into the Red Burst which can induce powerful explosions.

In other media

Archie Comics

Red Wisp Archie Comics

A Red Wisp in the Archie Comics.

The Red Wisps made an appearance in the Archie Comics' adaption of Sonic Colors, in Sonic the Hedgehog #219. In the comics, some Red Wisps and a few other Wisps were chased by Orbot, Cubot and a pack of Egg Pawns, but one Red Wisp was saved by Sonic. After Sonic destroyed the Egg Pawns in a flash and send Orbot and Cubot running. A Red Wisp then joined Sonic, Tails, Yacker and some other Wisps, as Sonic ventured out to save the Wisp race from Eggman.


Concept artwork








  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic Colors (Nintendo DS) Instruction Booklet, pg. 10

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