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Orange Wisps are very sensitive, emotional Wisps. They are easily elated when praised, but they can also get depressed if they’ve made a mistake. Be careful not to upset them, they can get angry very easily. Luckily, Sonic reaps the benefits of their powerful emotions when they transform him into an Orange Rocket.

— Description, Sonic Colors (Wii)[1]

The Orange Wisp (オレンジウィスプ Orenji Wisupu?) is a creature that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a breed of Wisp that grants the Orange Rocket Color Power.



The Orange Wisps have rocket-shaped bodies, with two green eyes lined up vertically. Instead of tentacles like most other Wisps, they instead have three sphere-like structures on their bottom.

Characteristics and culture

Being Wisps, the Orange Wisps are halcyon, social, bright, energetic, and pure of heart.[2] They are likewise peaceful, playful, non-hostile and friendly of nature, and enjoy spending most of their time playing with others. Due to their overall good nature, they easily get along with everybody, except bad guys.[2] Also, rather than aliens, with their floaty movements, they are more like fairies.[2] Additionally, while they are not necessarily fighters, they are nonetheless brave and very helpful towards their friends and allies.

The Orange Wisps are a very emotional and sensitive breed of Wisps whose emotions can fluctuate rapidly; they are easily elated when they are praised, get depressed if they make a mistake, and very easily angered.[1]

Powers and abilities

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

The Orange 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, though they have been shown being able to use it to revert Nega-Wisps back to normal, carry objects through levitation, teleport objects and restrain black holes made from Hyper-go-on.

The Orange Wisps are able to pass on a fraction of their Hyper-go-on by phasing into the recipient. When organic beings or robots receive their Hyper-go-on, they can transform into the Orange Rocket which possesses jet propulsion abilities. Alternatively, the Orange Wisps are able to manifest the Orange Rocket form themselves without phasing into a recipient.

Game appearances

Sonic Colors

The Orange Wisps made their first appearance in the Wii version and Nintendo DS version of Sonic Colors, and later the remaster Sonic Colors: Ultimate. When their homeworld was moved to Sonic's world by Dr. Eggman in order to create his interstellar amusement park, the Orange Wisps and the rest of their race were threatened to be enslaved by Eggman, who wanted their Hyper-go-on to control the mind of everyone on Sonic's world using a weapon. Fortunately, the Orange Wisps and the rest of their race were all freed thanks to Sonic the Hedgehog. After Dr. Eggman's Incredible Interstellar Amusement Park imploded into a black hole, the Orange Wisps worked together with the rest of their race to stop the black hole and succeeded, before returning their homeworlds to their original places in the universe.

In gameplay on both the Wii and Nintendo DS versions of the game and in Sonic Colors: Ultimate, the Orange Wisps appear as Wisp Capsule power-ups that enable the Orange Rocket. On the Wii version of the game, the player encounters the Orange Wisps in Sweet Mountain, Planet Wisp, Aquarium Park and Asteroid Coaster. In the Nintendo DS version of the game, the player encounters the Orange Wisps in Starlight Carnival and Planet Wisp.

Sonic Generations

In the console/PC version of Sonic Generations, the Orange Wisps appear in Planet Wisp Act 2 as Wisp Capsule power-ups that enable the Orange Rocket.

Sonic Lost World

In the Wii U version and PC version of Sonic Lost World, the Orange Wisps appear as Item Box power-ups that enable the Orange Rocket. The player encounters the Orange Wisps in Windy Hill and Tropical Coast.

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

In Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the Orange Wisp makes an appearance during the Dream Event "Sonic's Figure Skating Spectacular". Here, an Orange Wisp is one of the Wisps that the four participating characters free from a Wisp Capsule as the player(s) proceed down the event's course. When the player then has to defeat the Rotatatron, the Orange Wisp will appear alongside several others Wisps and join up with the four characters to perform the Final Color Blaster, which deals the final blow on the Rotatatron.'

Team Sonic Racing

In Team Sonic Racing, the Orange Wisps appear as Item Box power-ups on the game's race tracks. On a few occasions, the player is able to obtain and hold up to three Orange Wisps at once. In gameplay, the Orange Wisp power-ups allows the player to launch Orange Rocket-based projectiles.

In the comic tie-in, during one of the early races in Dodon Pa's Grand Prix, an orange Wisp was used by Tails as a part of a combined attack on Dr. Eggman, who had intruded on Team Sonic and Team Dark's race.[3]

In other media

Archie Comics

An Orange Wisp in the Archie Comics.

The Orange Wisps made an appearance in the Archie Comics' adaption of Sonic Colors, in Sonic the Hedgehog #219.

In the comics, some Orange Wisps and a few other Wisps were chased by Orbot, Cubot and a pack of Egg Pawns, but one Orange Wisp was saved by Sonic. After Sonic destroyed the Egg Pawns in a flash and send Orbot and Cubot running, though with some Orange Wisps of their own. An Orange Wisp then joined Sonic, Tails, Yacker and some other Wisps, as Sonic ventured out to save the Wisp race from Eggman.

IDW Publishing

Main article: Orange Wisp (IDW)

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Orange Wisps are aliens from Planet Wisp. Much like in the games, some of them have settled down on Sonic's world where they help out the planet's inhabitants from time to time.


  • The Orange Wisps is the only Wisps whose eyes are lined up vertically.
  • This is one of the five Wisps to appear in Sonic Colors, Sonic Generations, and Sonic Lost World, the others being the White Wisp, the Cyan Wisp and the Red Wisp.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic Colors (Wii) United States instruction booklet, pg. 12.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 ソニック & ウィスプ キャラクター紹介 (Japanese). ソニック & ウィスプ キャラクター紹介. Sega. Archived from the original on 10 September 2021. Retrieved on 12 September 2021.
  3. Team Sonic Racing One-shot, "Team Sonic Racing"

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