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Other languages: German: Krampus
Hungarian: Krampus
Russian: Крампус
Farsi: کرامپوس
Actor: Derek Mears (Wesen form)
Darius Pierce (human form)

Krampus (KRAAM-puus; O.H.Ger. Krampen "claw") is an anti-Santa Wesen resembling a wild sheep that appeared in "Twelve Days of Krampus". According to legend, he appears before Christmas and kidnaps naughty children who he keeps up in the tallest tree at the tallest spot. He does this with the intention of eating the children and then disappearing for a whole year.


When woged, Krampus chooses to wear a Santa outfit and has sharp teeth, curled horns, claws, and a flaming, red-forked tongue.

Despite his unique appearance and heavy outfit, he is capable of high levels of stealth, as none of his victims were aware of his presence before he spoke, and he could effortlessly disappear within a city despite being unable to guise himself as a human.

Krampus is extraordinarily strong, even by Wesen standards. He is capable of lifting struggling humans effortlessly with one hand and carrying them about with no discernible impairment. He is able to not only match blows with a Grimm, but even gain the upper hand in a fight.


Even among Wesen, Krampus is unique. He is not aware that he is Krampus or even Wesen. He is only able to woge from the first of December to the twenty-first when he enters a state of constant woge so fixed that even the loss of consciousness is unable to cause him to revert. It is during this time that Krampus can be said to actually exist.

Krampus hunts naughty children and adolescents, admonishing them for their bad behavior before beating them with a wooden switch and stuffing them in a large sack, leaving a large lump of coal behind at the abduction site. This coal is natively found in a mine on the highest arctic reach, near the North Pole. Upon abducting the children, Krampus hangs them from baskets like ornaments in the tallest tree in the tallest spot on the land with the intention of devouring them on the night of the Winter Solstice.

As Krampus exists for only three weeks out of every year and his human self is completely unaware of his Wesen self, Krampus has no culture of his own and is thought to be mythical even by other Wesen. The relationship between the Wesen and human form is described as a "Jekyll and Hyde-like" relationship, with the human side unaware of its true nature and the Wesen side acting completely on its own accord.

Excerpt from Wesen FairytalesEdit

In the days leading up to Christmas, Krampus grabs naughty children, beats them with his switch and throws them into his sack.

He takes them deep into the forest and hangs them from the tallest tree.

Until he's ready to eat them on the eve of the winter solstice.

Season 3 Blu-ray Grimm Guide ProfileEdit

Krampus is a hideous Wesen in a Santa outfit that exhibits a terrifying brand of "scared straight" justice. He uses a large sack to collect naughty children every year around Christmastime. Krampus exists for a few weeks before de-morphing into a typical human who can't remember or control what he does when morphed.



Creature Profile Krampus - Grimm

Creature Profile Krampus - Grimm


  • This version of Krampus is a mixture of Krampus and Knecht Ruprecht from European traditions. Both are accompanying St. Nick on December 6th, though Krampus is a kind of devilish creature that comes in a small group, never alone. While St. Nick fills the shoes of nice kids with small presents and sweets, Knecht Ruprecht leaves coal for the naughty ones and punishes them with a rod.
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

Start a Discussion Discussions about Krampus

  • Could Krampus be a possessing spirit?

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    • New-newby wrote:Bob the Wikipedian wrote:I suppose they left room for next year's Christmas special...I hope this year they finally sho...
    • As I recall, Nick, Monroe & Co. couldn't determine for certain if Krampus was wesen, so they decided to turn this sticky problem over...
  • First Look at Krampus from "Twelve Days of Krampus"

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    • Hmmm. Well, Santa could be something other than Wesen; Monroe actually never explicitly said he was. Here's all that was ever said: ...
    • Im still sure santa is a penguin but penguins dont live in finland so he could also be a Polar bear because polar bears most likely roamed finl...
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