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

The Red Wisp (レッドウィスプ Reddo U~isupu?) is a creature that appears in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. It is a type of Wisp that grants the Red Burst Color Power.


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

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 to stop the black hole and succeeded, before returning their homeworlds to their original places in the universe.

In gameplay on the Nintendo DS version of the game, the Red Wisps appear as Wisp Capsule power-ups that enables the Red Burst. The player encounters the Red Wisps in Tropical Resort and Sweet Mountain.

Sonic Generations

In the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Generations, the Red Wisps appear in Tropical Resort Act 2 as Wisp Capsule power-ups that enable the Red Burst.

Sonic Lost World

In the Nintendo 3DS version of Sonic Lost World, the Red Wisps appear as Item Box power-ups that enable the Red Burst. The player encounters the Red Wisps in Windy Hill, Sky Road, Silent Forest (Extra Zone only), and Lava Mountain, though they are not unlocked until the player enters Lava Mountain. They also hold the distinction of being the only Wisp to appear in more than one Extra Zone.

Sonic Forces

In Sonic Forces, the Red Wisps returned as Wisp Capsule power-ups for the Avatar's Burst Wispon, which is the only Wispon that will accept them. With the Red Wisp, the Burst Wispon is able to perform its special action for a limited time. The player encounters the Red Wisps in Spaceport, Prison Hall, Arsenal Pyramid, Park Avenue, Aqua Road, Capital City, Guardian Rock, Null Space and Imperial Tower.

Team Sonic Racing

In Team Sonic Racing, the Red Wisps appear as Item Box power-ups on the game's race tracks. They are exclusively picked up by Speed-Type racers, but can be transferred to other character types via Item Box Transfer. In gameplay, the Red Wisp power-ups allow the user to leave a flaming trail from the Red Burst behind them to damage rival racers.

In the comic tie-in, during one of the early races in Dodon Pa's Grand Prix, a Red Wisp was used by Blaze as a part of a collaboration attack on Dr. Eggman, who had intruded on Team Sonic and Team Dark's race.[2]


Being Wisps, the Red Wisps are halcyon and social. Overall, they are peaceful, playful, non-hostile and friendly of nature, and enjoy spending most of their time playing with others. While they are not fighters, they are nonetheless brave and very helpful towards their friends and allies.

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 by phasing into the recipient. When organic beings or robots receive their Hyper-go-on, they can transform into the Red Burst which can induce powerful explosions.

In other media

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.

IDW Publishing

Main article: Red Wisp (IDW)

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by IDW Publishing, the Red 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.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sonic Colors (Nintendo DS) Instruction Booklet, pg. 10
  2. Team Sonic Racing One-shot, "Team Sonic Racing"

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