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Other languages: German: Balam
Hungarian: Balam
Russian: Балам
Spanish: Balam
Farsi: بلم
Notables: Valentina Espinosa
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A Balam (ɓaa-LAAM; Yucatec "jaguar") is a jaguar-like Wesen that first appeared in "La Llorona".


When woged, Balam grow fur over their heads and bodies, but like many Wesen, their hair is unaffected. They display distinct, stripe-like spots similar to those of a jaguar or a leopard. The color of their fur seems to change depending on the brightness of their surrounding. It may appear purple in a dark environment and light gray with a hint of blue in brighter lighting. Like fellow Wesen, such as Blutbaden or Drang-Zorn, they are able to concentrate their woge around their eyes, which turn amber and appear to glow. They also gain two sharp, jaguar-like fangs, and they gain sharp claws on their hands, which can cause lethal damage to an opponent in combat. They are also quick and agile fighters.


They have been known to develop obsessive behavior, specifically when it comes to any harm done to members of the Balam's family. They are extremely daring and, at times, aggressive creatures that tend to act first and think later. However, when facing another formidable Wesen, such as a Blutbad, they tend to back off. ("Silence of the Slams")

Like many Wesen, Balam seem to have a hostile relationship with Grimms and appear to fear or at least be wary of them.

Season 2 Blu-ray Grimm Guide Profile

A jaguar-like Wesen that is ferocious, quick, and incredibly smart. They are very protective of their possessions, turning searches into obsessions if something close to them goes missing.



  • Its name is the second Wesen species to be derived from a Native American language; the first being Coyotl.
  • The Balam from Mexican folklore are described as supernatural jaguars that are the guardians of nature. Their names were Iqi-Balam (Moon Jaguar), Balam-Agab (Night Jaguar), Balam-Quitze (Smiling Jaguar), and Mahu-Catah (Famous Name). They protect the villagers of the Quiche Indians, as well as their people and land. 
  • In demonology, Balam is a great and powerful king or prince of Hell.
Wesen in Grimm
Accipitrid Wesen Barbatus Ossifrage, Geier, Steinadler
Amphibian Wesen Folterseele
Bovine Wesen Fuilcré, Heftigauroch, Taureus-Armenta
Canine Wesen Anubis, Apgadnieks, Blutbad, Coyotl, Höllentier, Hundjäger, Inugami, Luison, Schakal, Wældreór, Wildesheer
Caprine Wesen Krampus, Seelengut, Ziegevolk
Cathartid Wesen Raub-Kondor
Cetancodont Wesen Taweret
Chelicerate Wesen Spinnetod
Chelonian Wesen Genio Innocuo
Chimeric Wesen Manticore, Naiad, Wettbewerbsgewinner
Chiropteran Wesen Murciélago
Dinosaur Wesen Glühenvolk
Falconid Wesen Uhranuti
Feline Wesen Klaustreich, Weten Ogen
Hexapod Wesen Ataktos Fuse, Gevatter Tod, Jinnamuru Xunte, Kackenkopf, Mellifer, Musasat Alsh-Shabab
Lagomorpha Wesen Willahara
Lepidosauromorphan Wesen Furis Rubian, Königschlange, Lausenschlange, Phansigar, Quijada Vil, Skalengeck, Varme Tyv, Wasser Zahne
Lutrine Wesen Luisant-Pêcheur
Machairodontine Wesen Mauvais Dentes
Meline Wesen Drang-Zorn
Mustelid Wesen Ungeziefer Greifer
Osteichthyan Wesen Cracher-Mortel, Hasenfussige Schnecke, Matança Zumbido, Unnamed Red Herring-like Wesen
Pantherine Wesen Balam, Löwen, Pflichttreue, Yaguaraté
Passeriform Wesen Seltenvogel
Perissodactyl Wesen Dickfellig, Nuckelavee
Primate Wesen Alpe, Aswang, Cupiditas, El Cucuy, El Cuegle, Excandesco, Fuchsteufelwild, Hässlich, Hexenbiest, Indole Gentile, Koschie, Musai, Siegbarste, Wendigo, Wildermann, Zerstörer
Pseudosuchian Wesen Gelumcaedus, Skalenzahne
Rodent Wesen Eisbiber, Mauzhertz, Reinigen, Riesen-Ratte, Stangebär
Sauropsidans Wesen Dämonfeuer
Spiralian Wesen Gedächtnis Esser, Huntha Lami Muuaji, Lebensauger
Strigiform Wesen Scharfblicke
Suinan Wesen Bauerschwein, Malin Fatal, Schinderdiv
Ursid Wesen Jägerbar
Vulpine Wesen Fuchsbau, Kitsune, Vulpesmyrca