Journal 3 is a mysterious journal written by Stanford Pines and previously owned by Dipper Pines. It is the third and final installment in a series of the books preceded by both Journal 1 (owned by Stanley Pines) and Journal 2 (formerly owned by Gideon Gleeful and later Stanley Pines). It contains an encyclopedic collection of information on the variety of paranormal and supernatural creatures living in Gravity Falls. It was destroyed, along with Journals 1 and 2, by Bill Cipher in "Weirdmageddon Part 1" but two pages survived.


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Over thirty years prior to Dipper and Mabel's arrival in Gravity Falls, Stanford Pines recorded and compiled a list of all the creatures and paranormal entities inhabiting the town, following his completion of Journal 1 and Journal 2. Fearful he was being watched by malevolent forces, Ford hid his three books in separate and elaborate locations around Gravity Falls, hoping to keep the knowledge needed to activate the Universe portal away from evil forces. Designing a security mechanism hidden above his bunker, Ford kept Journal 3 hidden for years until his disappearance through the Universe portal.

Season 1

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The journal is found by Dipper in "Tourist Trapped," when he unknowingly locates Ford's artificial metal tree in the forest. Activating a switch that revealed its hiding chamber, he immediately relocates to the Mystery Shack, and uses Journal 3's information to believe that Mabel's new found boyfriend, "Norman," is in fact, a zombie. During his investigation, he discovers that Norman is actually a disguise fabricated by a group of gnomes, to which the journal has no knowledge of defeating. Following their defeat, he uses the blank pages of Journal 3 to document his own adventures with the town, learning to trust some of the town's residents.

Journal 3 continues to assist Dipper in his encounters with the supernatural, including guiding him into a cave behind a waterfall in "The Legend of the Gobblewonker," during which he, Mabel and Soos flee from Old Man McGucket's Gobblewonker.

In "Headhunters," Dipper flips through a few pages at the scene of Wax Stan's murder, and is seen reading it at the living room table after Mabel returns from her first date with Gideon Gleeful in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel." Dipper shows the page on ghosts to Mabel in the gift shop in "The Inconveniencing," and later to Wendy Corduroy and her friends.

Journal 3 returns in "Irrational Treasure," the twins read about the town law stating it is legal to marry woodpeckers, and later, after Pacifica Northwest teases Mabel, read about and investigate the possibility of Nathaniel Northwest, alleged town founder and great-great grandfather of Pacifica, being a fraud.

Dipper reads about height-altering crystals in "Little Dipper," wishing to use them to make himself taller, and checks on its position in his vest pocket as Gideon Gleeful interrogates him about how he came upon the crystals. Later, Dipper uses the journal to help him catch a Gremloblin in "Boss Mabel."

In "Bottomless Pit!," Mabel, who reads it for the first time in the series, uses the journal to uncover the Truth Telling Teeth. Dipper is seen reading the floating eyeballs and giant vampire bats pages of the journal in "Land Before Swine," and uses it to follow Bill Cipher into Stan's mindscape in "Dreamscaperers."

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Journal 3 plays a key role in Dipper and Mabel's plan to reclaim the Mystery Shack's deed in "Gideon Rises," eventually agreeing to ally with the gnomes. When the plot fails, Journal 3 falls into Gideon's hands, who believes he has found Journal 1, but quickly learns of the presence of a third journal, and hunts the twins with the Gideon-bot. After a fight, the robot explodes, and Dipper relocates Journal 3 in the rubble. Back in the shack, the twins agree to reveal the journal to Stan, who feigns disbelief in the book's contents, and confiscates it to create new attractions. In reality, Stan hides the journal within his laboratory alongside Journal 1 and Journal 2, having collected all three. Now in possession of the knowledge he requires, Stan activates the Universe portal, hidden deep within the catacombs of the Mystery Shack.

Season 2

Following the portal's activation, Stan photocopies Journal 3's contents before returning it to his nephew, allowing him to continue to explore its secrets in "Scary-oke." After the arrival of Agent Powers and Agent Trigger, Dipper attempts to reveal the paranormal information of Journal 3, much to Stan's chagrin. Despite their disbelief, a curse from the journal is accidentally invoked, and a horde of zombies is raised that crash the Mystery Shack is Back party. During the attack, the Pines learn that some of the journal has been written in invisible ink revealed by blacklight, allowing them to learn the weakness of zombies.

In "Into the Bunker," Dipper uses his black light to uncover the location of the Bunker in Journal 3. It also helps him and his friends to get by the Bunker's defenses. The Shape Shifter (looking like the man on Baron Num Nums High Flyin' Beans, but mistaken as the Author by Dipper) tries to trick Dipper into giving him the Journal, desiring to increase it's repertoire of forms.

In "Sock Opera," Mabel uses the Journal as a prop for her sock puppet show. Bill Cipher (possessing Dipper's body) tries to find and destroy it, but is stopped by Mabel.

In "Society of the Blind Eye," Dipper (believing Old Man McGucket to be the Author) shows him some of the Journal's pages, leading to their discovery of the Blind Eye Society.

In "Little Gift Shop of Horrors," Dipper uses his black light to learn of the Percepshrooms and their intelligence-enhancing properties.

In "Northwest Mansion Mystery," Dipper uses it to look up Ghost categories. Learning that the Ghost of Northwest Manor is a category 10, he checks the entry, using the black light to uncover the best way to deal with them. The entry tells him to "pray for mercy."

In "Not What He Seems," Dipper uncovers a warning against using the Universe portal (written in invisible ink) by joining the blueprints of Journal 3 with those on Journal 1 and Journal 2.

In "The Last Mabelcorn," Journal 3 is seen in Ford's mindscape, as he is running to confront Bill about the true purpose for the portal.

In "Dipper and Mabel vs. the Future," Ford shows Dipper that he read Dipper's notes added in Journal 3.

In "Weirdmageddon Part 1," Bill destroys Journal 3 alongside Journal 1 and Journal 2.

In "Weirdmageddon 2: Escape From Reality," after Bill mentions bringing Ford out of retirement, his eye shows various images from the pages in Journal 3.


Introductory pages

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Right page: Template:Bquote


Barf Fairy

While looking for ideas to defeat Gideon in the journal, Dipper mentions a page describing a "barf fairy."[1]

Bill Cipher

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Under blacklight the following is revealed

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Alchemic symbols: fire of circulation

The Blind Eye


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There are two known pages about the Blind Eye Society, though the text just calls it "The Blind Eye." The page on the left includes a sketch of one of a robed society member, including the text "there it is again!" with an arrow pointing to the symbol on the member's hood.


Right page: Template:Bquote

Alchemic symbols: reduction, composition, pulverise, digestion, fusion


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This page in the book has various, unknown symbols. It says "caesar," "atbash," and "A1Z26," and under a black light, the cipher sequences are written out. Two coded blocks of text also appear. One appears to be a variation of the Pigpen cipher. The left page is not yet known, but contains the alchemy symbol: fire of circulation.

Creature Control Apparatus

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The book has details outlining how the author build the cryogenic freezing chamber he used to contain the Shape Shifter. The left page details how the apparatus pumps the liquid nitrogen. The right page contains a cross section of the chamber itself, labeling the nitrogen core and insulation. There is a cipher on the right page (written in the author's symbol substitution cipher) that decodes to "Ice Ice Baby."

Right page: Template:Bquote

Cryogenic Tube


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Figure A is a sketch of the Shape Shifter hatching from an egg, with an arrow pointing to it saying: Template:Bquote Figure B is a sketch of the cryogenic tube created to contain the creature. The author drew "Form #6" of the Shape Shifter, which closely resembles the creature Dipper and Wendy encountered, though the left "bicep" is smaller in the drawing.

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Alchemic symbols: purification, solution, terra/earth

Cursed Doors

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Alchemic symbols: solution, extraction of dryness, fusion, fire of circulation

Dipper's pages

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The left page has a few words cut off and a drawing of a Mystery Shack bumper sticker: Template:Bquote

Right page: Template:Bquote

Floating Eyeballs

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Right page: Template:Bquote

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Under black light further information is revealed in invisible ink. Over the word 'EYEBALLS' they author wrote 'NONSENSE.' They also crossed out the eyeball doodle in the corner of the page.



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Alchemic symbols: composition, digestion, fusion, pulverise

Ghosts: Category 1

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The left page details the categorization of ghosts, beginning with category 1. The image depicted on the right page resembles Casper the friendly ghost in a helicopter hat, with several floating dishes around it and an arrow pointing to it saying "Kinda Cute."


Ghosts: Category 9

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The image on the left page is of a ghost resembling Freddy Krueger, albeit wearing an eye-patch, a horizontal zigzag sweater, pants and shoes. On the ghost's right hand is a glove with various utensils attach to each finger being a bottle cap opener, a knife, a spoon and a fork. There is also an arrow pointing to it saying "Dream Hipster." The page also has a message by the lower left corner of the page reading: Template:Bquote

Ghosts: Category 10

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The left page details the dangers of this category. Template:Bquote

The image on the right page is of a spectre with a skeleton-like face, tattered robes, and a scythe, which somewhat resembles the Grim Reaper or Death.

Giant Vampire Bats


In invisible ink it is revealed that the Vampire Bats are actually fruit bats. Over the word 'VAMPIRE' the author wrote 'FRUIT.' They sketched out a pear and grapes on either side of the bat illustration. And crossed out the eyes of the bat head drawing. Over the detailed notes they wrote a new message which is underlined.



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In "Gideon Rises," it's shown that Dipper has filled the weakness part with "leaf blowers" and scratched out the question mark at the end. Template:Bquote

Right page: Template:Bquote

The Gremloblin

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Also mentioned by Dipper: If you look into his eyes you can see your worst nightmares. Template:Bquote

Right page: Template:Bquote


Alchemic symbols: purification, solution, strong fire

Haunted Paintings & Image-based Spectres

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According to this page, spectres can be trapped in a silver mirror. A sketch of a ghost stretches from the left page towards the right, showing a ghost coming out of a painting (left) and being trapped in a silver mirror (right). Template:Bquote


Height Alteration


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Left page: Template:Bquote

Right page: Template:Bquote

Alchemic symbols: reduction, fixation

The Hide Behind

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Hiding spot

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The page is an illustration of the tree Dipper originally found Journal 3 nearby of. And the switch box that was inside the tree that opened the compartment in the ground. The corner of the page has the words "Hiding Spot?" but under blacklight more firmly states "My Hiding Spot." The blacklight reveals more to the illustration, showing a hidden staircase that winds around the tree, and a warning pointing down to a bunker under the tree's roots. A small eye has been doodled on the screen of the mechanism that opened Journal 3's compartment. Template:Bquote

The accompanying page on the left has a binary code. Under blacklight it shows the symbol of the Blindeye Society. The symbol was first revealed when putting together all six page pieces from "Dipper's Guide to the Unexplained." The binary decodes to: "Put all six pieces together!" Template:Bquote

Alchemic symbols: composition, terre/earth, extraction of dryness, cementation

Invisible Ink

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The left page is blank under normal lighting, but when placed under a black light reads: Template:Bquote In normal lighting, the right page has illegible text and drawings of an inkwell with the text "ways to hide" and a light bulb. Under a black light, an eye is drawn on top of the initial drawing of the coil of the light bulb. The word "invisible" is written on the label on the inkwell, where is previously read as "ink."

Island Head Beast

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When Dipper showed the government agents his journal, this page was seen but the two quickly dismiss Dipper’s claim.[2] There are two Caesar cipher codes on its pages.Template:Bquote Template:Bquote

Right page: Template:Bquote

Alchemic symbols: extraction of dryness, fusion, strong fire, purification, solution

Portal page

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See also: Universe portal

Near the center of the book is a two page spread which is part of a larger schematic on the Universe portal. These pages are part of a larger algorithm needed to start the portal.

When placed together with the other two journals, it completes a warning written in invisible ink (the bold is the contents of Journal 3) Template:Bquote

Nathaniel Northwest conspiracy


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Template:Bquote Attached to the page is a map, which Dipper noted to contain alchemic symbols (composition, terre/earth, extraction of dryness, cementation, fire).


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Most of what has been seen of this page is what the author wrote in invisible ink, including the title of the page and several sketches done on top of previous sketches done in regular ink. The left page shows cross sections of the percepshrooms. There is a drawing of several slices of the percepshroom, with an arrow pointing to a drawing of a mortar and pestle. One cross section has a skull drawn over it in invisible ink and an arrow pointing to it saying: Template:Bquote The right page has drawings of the whole percepshroom, most of which have a brain drawn over the mushroom head. The largest drawing of the percepshroom has an arrow pointing towards it saying: Template:Bquote To the right of the main percepshroom, the author wrote: Template:Bquote There are two brains drawn in invisible ink, one smaller than the other. There is an arrow pointing from the smaller brain to the larger one and text written under each drawing (respectively): Template:Bquote

Machine page

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The left page has a drawing of three (human) figures, one going into an unknown location (possible portal), while attached by a rope to another figure. The third figure is standing by the second, arms outstretched with an arrow pointing from its arms to the first figure. Below it is a diagram of the portal, similar to the one seen in Grunkle Stan's hidden room underneath the Mystery Shack. The right page has a drawing labeled "Fuel Gauge," including dials drawn beneath the gauge.

Alchemic symbols: fire of circulation

Security Room


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The Security Room is a room in the author's bunker which leads to the lab area. The walls slowly close in on the person who steps on the middle pad and the right symbols must be pressed in order for the lab door to appear. The journal shows the correct code under black light. Template:Bquote



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The Spells page includes a spell to awaken the dead, as noted on the accompanying left page. Although the book says "Daminium," Dipper reads it as "Domnius." The spell roughly translates to "Bodies rise, devil dominion, world change (or world master)." Template:Bquote

Right page: Template:Bquote

Alchemic symbols: cementation, composition, terre/earth

Squash with a Human Face and Emotions

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While looking for ideas to defeat Gideon, Dipper calls this page "Butternut squash with a human face and emotions" instead of just "squash." Template:Bquote

Stomach-Faced Duck

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When Dipper showed the government agents his journal, this page was seen but the two quickly dismiss Dipper’s claim.[2] Template:Bquote

Alchemic symbols: fire of rotation, calcination

Trust No One and wheel page

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In invisible ink, it is revealed the wheel is some kind of puzzle the author was trying to figure out. Sections of the wheel are filled in. And the author drew a frowny face in the middle. They make a note underneath that is underlined several times. On the left page, the words 'TRUST NO ONE' has been circled.

In "Not What He Seems" the right page was torn during the activation of the Universe portal. Template:Bquote


Alchemic symbols: preparation, reduction, reverberation

Truth Telling Teeth

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On the right page is a map of where the tree is. Template:Bquote

The Undead

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The book has details regarding "the undead" (aka zombies). Including how to identify them, spells to resurrect them (see spells for more), and a cure for zombification; the only details of which Dipper describes as involving lots of formaldehyde and cinnamon.[2] Template:Bquote

Right page: Template:Bquote

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In invisible ink, it is revealed how to defeat them. Template:Bquote

Unknown pages: photocopied pages

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In "Scary-oke," Stan can be seen photocopying two previously unseen pages.

The left page contains drawings, possibly schematics of the universe portal. The right page has a topographic map and something similar to a masonic symbol.

Alchemic symbols: composition, pulverize, digestion, fusion

Various symbols

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This entry has minimal written text but contains symbols from various unknown sources/alphabets. One discernible symbol system is alchemy, which includes: composition, pulverize, digestion, fusion, and coagulation.

Miscellaneous information

These are snippets gathered from the book, but a page hasn't been specified.

  • In Gravity Falls it used to be legal to marry woodpeckers.[4]


Journal #3 has the main color of burgundy and has various rips and tears on the cover due to age, it has two gold lines on its spine and all four of its corners are gold. In the middle of the book, there is a gold hand with six fingers and the number 3 in the middle. On the back, it shows various alchemist symbols.


Just inside the front cover, the book has a monocle attached to the journal via a cord. Its purpose is unknown and it has been used as a bookmark by Dipper as seen in "Irrational Treasure." In "Scary-oke," an eyepiece is seen attached to Journal 1 as well.

Page Order (from left to right)

Order listed from left to right. Each bullet point is a separate episode. Ellipses indicates possible pages in between.

  • "Property of" page; Introductory Pages ("June 18" is on the left page); Floating Eyeballs; Gnomes; Cursed Doors...; Various Symbols; The Undead[5]
  • Portal page; Height Alteration[6]
  • The Gremloblin; Height Alteration...[1]
  • The Hide Behind[2]
  • Stomach-Faced Duck[2]
  • Spells[2]
  • Cryogenic Tube; Creature Control Apparatus; Hiding Spot; Security Room; Truth Telling Teeth... Squash with a Human Face and Emotions[7]
  • Truth Telling Teeth; Machine page; The Blind Eye[8]
  • Ghosts: Category 1... Ghosts: Category 9; Ghosts: Category 10[9]
  • Trust No One and Wheel; blank pages


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  • In an early promo that aired on Disney Channel, the gnome page had a creepier but fairly more accurate drawing of a gnome.
  • The hand on the cover has alternated from six to five fingers.
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  • Various alchemist symbols of "fusion," "pulverize," "solution," "dryness," "extraction," "composition," "digestion," "coagulation," "reverberation," and "reduction" appear throughout the pages.
    • Together, "composition," "pulverize," "digestion," and "fusion" is the code Stan uses to enter his secret laboratory.
    • The back cover of the journal contains the symbols for: fire of rotation, strong fire, and smoke stream
    • There's an animation error with Dipper's page; early in the first episode, when Dipper is showing Journal 3 to Mabel, Dipper's page can be seen, even though he hadn't written that page yet.
  • Both Journal 2 and Journal 3 have pages on zombies as seen and heard in "Tourist Trapped" and "Little Dipper," respectively.
    • In addition, they both have pages on Bill Cipher.
  • Journal 3 shows signs of neglect that show of its storage underground. When it was first seen, it was layered with dust, and 2 has small tears on the cover, while 1 is in a worse state, as it has larger tears.
  • The machine page in "Little Dipper" and "Gideon Rises" has different symbols in it. This was done to hide the code until it was ready to be revealed.
  • In "Gideon Rises," the end credits shows some pages of Journal 3. The last has an error: The "Trust No One" page is on the right while it should be on the left; the left page is the Introductory page while it should be on the right. Also, the page on the right of "Trust No One" page is the Wheel page, not the Introductory page.
  • In "Tourist Trapped," the order of the pages in Journal 3 are different between the first time Dipper opens the Journal, and when he shows Mabel the Journal when he attempts to convince her Norman is a zombie.
  • In "Society of the Blind Eye," when they were watching McGucket's memories and he was talking about a machine, Dipper was searching the page he thought was about the machine, but before that, you can see Ford drew the Stanowar and he scribbled it.
  • The cure for zombification, as mentioned in "Scary-oke," involves formaldehyde and cinnamon. Formaldehyde is a commonly used preservative, and cinnamon has been used in ancient cultures (Egyptian and Ancient Roman) in death rituals and ceremonies.[10]


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