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Balam woge
Other languages: German: Balam
Hungarian: Balam
Russian: Балам
Spanish: Balam
Farsi: بلم
Notables: Valentina Espinosa
Books: The Icy Touch (likely)
"Aunt Marie's Book of Lore" (mentioned)

A Balam (ɓaa-LAAM; Yucatec jaguar) is a jaguar-like Wesen that first appeared in "La Llorona".


When woged, Balam grow fur over their head and body, 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 appears purple in a dark environment and light grey 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 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 creatures that tend to act first and think later.

Like many Wesen, Balam seem to have a hostile relationship with Grimms and seem to fear them, or are at least 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. 
  • Overwhelmed with Wesen to remember, Nick Burkhardt suspects a Balam when he discovers orange-golden fur (as opposed to blue) with black in it. ("The Icy Touch")
Wesen in Grimm
Accipitrid Wesen Geier, Steinadler
Amphibian Wesen Folterseele
Bovine Wesen Heftigauroch, Taureus-Armenta
Canine Wesen Anubis, Apgadnieks, Blutbad, Coyotl, Höllentier, Hundjäger, Luison, Schakal, Wældreór, Wildesheer
Caprine Wesen Krampus, Seelengut, Ziegevolk
Cathartid Wesen Raub-Kondor
Chelicerate Wesen Spinnetod
Chelonian Wesen Genio innocuo
Chimeric Wesen Manticore, Naiad
Chiropteran Wesen Murciélago
Dinosaur Wesen Glühenvolk
Feline Wesen Klaustreich
Hexapod Wesen Jinnamuru Xunte, Mellifer
Lepidosauromorphan Wesen Königschlange, Lausenschlange, Phansigar, Quijada Vil, Skalengeck, Varme Tyv
Lutrine Wesen Luisant-Pêcheur
Machairodontine Wesen Mauvais Dentes
Meline Wesen Drang-Zorn
Osteichthyan Wesen Cracher-Mortel, Matança Zumbido
Pantherine Wesen Balam, Löwen, Pflichttreue, Yaguaraté
Passeriform Wesen Seltenvogel
Perissodactyl Wesen Dickfellig, Nuckelavee
Primate Wesen Aswang, El Cucuy, Excandesco, Fuchsteufelwild, Hässlich, Hexenbiest, Indole Gentile, Koschie, Musai, Siegbarste, Wendigo, Wildermann
Pseudosuchian Wesen Gelumcaedus, Skalenzahne
Rodent Wesen Eisbiber, Mauzhertz, Reinigen, Stangebär, Willahara
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, Vulpesmyrca

Start a Discussion Discussions about Balam

  • Balam and Yaguarate

    41 messages
    • curiously, dandelion in spanish is called "diente de león" which also means "lion's tooth"...I wonder if only in english its called "dandy lion"
    • Actually, dandelion comes from the French word for "lion's tooth".
  • Balam

    • I think they are snow leopards to me

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