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Journal #2
S1e4 book 2
Type Book
First appearance
First episode "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel"
Latest episode "The Last Mabelcorn"
Appearances 7

Journal #2 is a cryptic journal currently owned by Mabel Pines and formerly owned by Ford, Gideon Gleeful Stan Pines, and Dipper Pines, though it is unknown how the Gideon obtained it. It is the second in a series of journals, preceded by Journal 1 (formerly owned by Stan Pines, currently owned by Ford) and followed by Journal 3 (owned by Dipper Pines), and contains information on various supernatural items and spells found in Gravity Falls.


Over thirty years before the start of the series, Ford recorded and compiled a variety of spells and information on enchanted items of Gravity Falls within Journal 2 following the completion of Journal 1. Out of paranoia he was being watched, he hid his three books in various areas of the town, choosing to bury Journal 2 deep within the forest. By keeping their knowledge separate from one another, he hoped the information necessary to activate the Universe portal would never be deciphered.

The journal eventually found its way into the hands of Gideon Gleeful, using it to enlighten himself on the paranormal activities of his town and locate the mystic amulet, which he exploited as part of his child psychic act for his tourist trap, the "Tent of Telepathy." Driven by a hunger for ultimate power, Gideon sought what he believed to be the only remaining book, Journal 1, and unite them to unleash a gateway of unimaginable power. Upon learning the journal was likely buried within the grounds of his rival tourist trap, Stan's "Mystery Shack," a rivalry between the two was born.

Journal 2 makes its first physical appearance in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel," when the destruction of the mystic amulet at the hands of Dipper and Mabel leaves Gideon searching for a supernatural method of revenge within the book.

In "Little Dipper," Gideon continues his plans for vengeance against the Pines family, considering multiple plans of attack before deciding on stealing the Mystery Shack's deed from Stan.

Gideon repeats an incantation from Journal 2 to summon the dream demon Bill Cipher, making a deal with him to steal Stan's deed to the Mystery Shack in "Dreamscaperers." When the plan fails, Gideon instead uses dynamite to obtain it, thus acquiring the shack for his own as stated in the town's  Finders Keepers Law.

Now in possession of the property, Gideon begins his search for Journal 1 with the help of his own journal in "Gideon Rises," eventually believing to have acquired it but instead having obtained Journal 3. Upon his arrest, Stan locates Journal 2 and covertly takes it alongside the deed to the Mystery Shack, combining it with the other journals to activate the Universe Portal.

In "Scary-oke," Journal 2 briefly appears still resting in Stan's laboratory, alongside its counterparts.

In "Not What He Seems" Journal 2 is seen in Stan's lab, with the other two journals.

In "Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons" Dipper tells Ford that he has read about the Cycloptopus in Journal 2.

In "The Stanchurian Candidate" Ford Pines flips open the journal to the Blood Rain page, which is next to a torn-out page.


Creature #326 & Summoning

S1e19 back of the negative 12 dollar bill

Bill's entry page.

On the left page, there is Bill Cipher's wheel, as well as various writing:

This odd, triangular being has appeared in my dreams every night for weeks

Ten Symbols! What's the significance?
Mystery power

816 816 816

On the right page, there is a drawing of a -12 dollar bill, to the left of some text. Next to the page title is a drawing of Bill Cipher.

He's in my Wallet!


S2e13 cycloptopus

Cycloptopus page

There is image of Cycloptopus on the left page. And on the right page, the eye and the mouth of the creature.

Left Page:
Suction marks (on human skin)
Right page:
Eye to mouth transformation, WATCH OUT ! Suction cups, Cycloptopus roll

Demon Caterpillars

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Mystic Amulet

S1e4 gideon's amulet bookpage

Mystic Amulet page.

On the left page, below a paragraph and a half of text, there are two sketches. One is a branch drawing, and another is three connected spirals, which has been seen in other pages of the other journals. On the right page, below the title, is fig. B, a sketch of the amulet. Gideon managed to find the amulet and used it to fool people that he had powers, until it was finally destroyed by Mabel Pines in "The Hand that Rocks the Mabel."

Possible Hiding Places

S1e20 where to hide

Possible Hiding Places page.

Temporary spots

System #3 patent pending
Fig. A - Security monitor/locator.
Hatch device will ensure that the journals can be _______ and if I __ _____ away the moment emergency _____.

Fig. B Simple Hatch

Reset binary sequence. 010111010101000001001011011101111001000100More info icon
_____ ______ under ______ allows indistinguishable ___ ___ ______ wood ____. ____ ______ ___ _____ _______ __________.

Beware of nesting squirrels!

Universe Portal

S1e20 all maze page

All three together.

S2e11 all three together in blacklight

Under a black light.

When placed together with the other two journals, it completes a warning written in invisible ink (the bold is the contents of Journal 2)

The machine was meant to create knowledge but it is too powerful! The device, if fully operational could tear our universe apart! I was wrong the whole time! It must not fall into the wrong hands. If the clock ever reaches zero our universe is doomed! Total global destruction!

The Undead

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2 appearance

The appearance of Journal 2 is similar to 3's. It is burgundy with three gold-colored corners in the front and none in the back, and on the spine of the book, there are two gold-colored lines. In the middle of the cover there is a 6-fingered gold-colored hand with the number 2 written on the palm. It appears to be slightly damaged, but in better condition than journals 1 and 3.


Season 1

Season 2



  • Journal 2 seems to be less damaged than the other 2 journals.
  • Both 2 and 3 have a page about zombies, as heard in "Little Dipper."
  • Journal 2 contains a maze page that fits in with the maze pages from Journal 1 and 3.
  • There was a goof in "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel" where when Mabel was showing Dipper her new makeover, Dipper was reading Journal 2 rather than 3.


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