Journal #3 is a cryptic journal owned by both Dipper Pines and Stan Pines (in the form of a copy), and was located in an elaborate hiding spot in the Gravity Falls forest. It is the third and presumably final installment in a series of books preceded by both Journal 1 (owned by Stan Pines) and Journal 2 (formerly owned by Gideon Gleeful, currently owned by Stan). It contains an encyclopedic collection of information on the variety of paranormal and supernatural creatures living in Gravity Falls.
Over thirty years prior to Dipper and Mabel's arrival in Gravity Falls, the mysterious and unknown author of the journals recorded and compilied a list of all the creatures and paranormal entities inhabiting the town, following his completion of Journal 2 and 1. Fearful he was being watched by malevolent forces, the author 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 the forces of evil. Designing a security mechanism hidden above his bunker, the author kept Journal 3 hidden for years until his strange disappearance.
The journal is found by Dipper in "Tourist Trapped," when he unknowingly locates the author'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 newfound 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 "Dreamscaperers."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, 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 is explodes, and Dipper relocates 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 2 and 1, 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.
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 Trigger, Dipper attempts to reveal the paranormal information of 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.
It's hard to believe it's been six years since I began researching the strange and wondrous secrets of Gravity Falls, Oregon.In all my travels, never have I observed so many curious things! Gravity Falls is indeed a geographical oddity.
First page is a farce. Uhhh, to the untrained beginner's eye it may seem to contain relevant information. I can assure you it's not the case. For you see, this is all gibberish. Pure nonsense, if you wish. In fact, none of my sample writing is of any significance. I rarely dot my I's and T's, punctuation has alone taken a bind next to pure theatre. It is indeed a long lost stunt. Please enjoy. Please enjoy the irrelevant and incomprehensible rambling seen.
Trust No One and Wheel page
Unfortunately, my suspicions have been confirmed, I'm being watched.
I must hide this book before He finds it.TRUST NO ONE!
Remember-- in Gravity Falls there is no one you can trust.
Thirteen ____ wheel found in the back of a literature book at the Gravity Falls library shows a number of interesting symbols and equations. The central eye denotes mystical power. Note that several different ____ and continues upper.What does it all mean?
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 makes a note underneath that is underlined several times. On the left page the words 'TRUST NO ONE' has been circled.
Can't Sleep! Can't Sleep! Can't Sleep! Can't Sleep! Can't Sleep! Can't Sleep! Can't Sleep! Can't Sleep!
Is this right?
I just don't know anymore!
Alchemic symbols: preparation, reduction, reverberation
While looking for ideas to defeat Gideon in the journal, Dipper mentions a page describing a "barf fairy."
Is he watching me?
CAN'T BE TRUSTED!
Bill has proven himself to be one of the friendliest and most trustworthy individuals that I've ever encountered in my life. What a guy! I honestly can't trust him more. Not evil in any way, Bill is a true gentleman.
Beware Bill. The most powerful and dangerous creature I've ever encountered. Whatever you do, never let him into your mind.
It is possible to follow the demon into a person's mind and prevent his chaos.
fig. 4DO NOT SUMMON AT ALL COSTS!
One must simply recite this incantation:. . . . . . . . .
Alchemic symbols: fire of circulation
The Blind Eye
- Main article: Blind Eye Society
There are two known pages about the Blind Eye Society, though the text just calls it "The Blind Eye". The page 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.
THERE IT IS AGAIN!
The Blind Eye
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
CAN'T BE UNSEEN
Alchemic symbols: reduction, composition, pulverise, digestion, fusion
Creature Control Apparatus
The book has details outlining how the author build the cryogenic freezing chamber he used to contain the shapeshifter. 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".
Once cooling has completed, the pop___ are done.
- Main article: Shape Shifter
Figure A is a sketch of the Shape Shifter hatching from an egg, with an arrow pointing to it saying:
Found while excavating!
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.
Watch your fingers!
DNA constantly changes fig. B liquid nitrogenChamber #3
DO NOT LET OUT!
It's too powerful!
IT CAN TRANSFORM!
The creature can change forms at will. No way to tell when it's real or not.
IT'S PLAYING TRICKS ON ME
Alchemic symbols: purification, solution, terra/earth
Rumors of ____ ____ your long dead in the ____ of ____ ____ the ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ sounds before ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ . This phenomenon is unexplained.
AVOID THIS DOOR ON MAIN STREET!Any door with the number thirteen is a portal to a different world.
KNOCK KNOCK! WHO'S THERE? THE FORCES OF EVIL!
DARK ENERGY READINGS 40% HIGHER THIS YEAR!
Cursed door in ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ of enter ____ energy force ____ ____ ____ ____ ________ ____ ____ ____ is ____
Alchemic symbols: solution, extraction of dryness, fusion, fire of circulation
are they watching me?
- Visible only at night
- No retinal cord
No response to contact Spooky
it is ____ that the eye had retinal ____ ____ provedis a false.
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.
I WAS WRONG TO WORRY ABOUT THESE THINGS! THEY ARE INCONSEQUENTIAL!PEPPER SPRAY MAKES 'EM GO AWAY!!!!
ALWAYS HAVE A REASON OF SOME KIND.
PHOTOGRAPHIC PROOF!ECTOPLASM SAMPLE (GRAVITY FALLS TOWN HALL)
Alchemic symbols: composition, digestion, fusion, pulverise
Ghosts: Category 1
Several different ghosts have been observed in Gravity Falls.Category one type ghosts...
The left page details the categorization of ghosts, beginning with category 1. The image depicted on the right page resembles Casper with a helicopter hat, with several floating dishes around it and an arrow pointing to it saying "Kinda Cute".
Ghosts: Category 9
The image on the left page is of a ghost resembling Freddy Krueger, albeit wearing a fedora, an eyepatch, 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:
Turns Power Naps into Horror Naps
Ghosts: Category 10
The left page details the dangers of this category.
Category ten ghosts and spectres are extremely dangerous and should avoided at all costs.
Category 10(In invisible ink) Pray for mercy!
The image on the right page is of a spectre with a skeleton-like face, tattered robes, and a scythe.
Giant Vampire Bats
GIANT VAMPIRE BATS!!10 feet
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.
NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT. ALL THEY WANT IS FRUIT.
Creature #24Little men of the Gravity Falls forest.
Perhaps the most noteworthy and surprising feature of the unseen gnomes is the pointy hat. The long, red sharp pointy hat.
WEAKNESS: leaf blowers ?Pointy hats!
Also mentioned by Dipper: If you look into his eyes you can see your worst nightmares.
____ ____ razor sharp teeth.
The gremloblin can be found deep in the ____ ____ of Gravity Falls.Beware of the Gremloblin(?).
Gremloblin claws are extremely dangerous due to a neurotoxin dose enduced into humans. Extreme strength and sheer mass gives the gremloblin an extra advantage in the wild. They must ____ ____ all ____ .
CLAWS EMIT NUEROTOXINS!
WING STRUCTURE (phase II)
When fighting a gremloblin use water [next page] only as a last resort as water will make him much much scarier.
Alchemic symbols: purification, solution, strong fire
Haunted Paintings & Image-based Spectres
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).
fig 1. crystal
these shiny crystals are found in a glades deep within the forest of Gravity Falls. ____ in ____ the ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____
Different colors perform different functions.
A shrinking properties
B enlarging properties
C ordinary crystal
FOUND NEAR THE CRYSTALSfig 2
Legends telling of miniature buffalo and giant squirrels have lead me to believe that there are height altering properties buried deep within the forest...
Alchemic symbols: reduction, fixation
The Hide Behind
The Hide Behind
Mysterious creature of the shadows. _______ behind the _____ one
The unseen shadow of 2 men.
FOOTPRINTS!NEVER BEEN SEEN!
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 3's compartment.
LAST RESORT↓ PREPARE FOR THE END
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!"
Alchemic symbols: composition, terre/earth, extraction of dryness, cementation
The left page is blank under normal lighting, but when placed under a black light reads:
I have decided to use invisible ink to keep away prying eyes. ANYONE could be watching me!
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
- Main article: Island Head Beast
Island Head Beast
IS THERE A CREATURE BENEATH THE ISLAND?ONE GIANT HEADACHE!
There is no other place I would rather be in Gravity Falls than the lake. It reminds me of my childhood ...Glass Shard Beach.
The flora seen throughout the lake area is tropical. After some of my adventures in this region, I am surprised not to discover something more unusual.common lake plants
When Dipper showed the government agents his journal, this page was seen but the two quickly dismiss Dipper’s claim. There are two Caesar cipher codes on its pages.
FOUR LEAF CLOVER
Alchemic symbols: extraction of dryness, fusion, strong fire, purification, solution
- 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. There is a message in the left corner describing what the portal does. Initially, before the show was ready to reveal the code, there was a binary code: ."
Nathaniel Northwest conspiracy
- Main article: Nathaniel Northwest
In my investigations I have recently made a discovery, Nathaniel Northwest was not be the founder of Gravity Falls. And his entire family legacy is a fraud! I believe the proof of this secret is buried somewhere in the enclosed document. If only I could crack the code...
Attached to the page is a map, which Dipper noted to contain alchemic symbols (composition, terre/earth, extraction of dryness, cementation, fire).
- Main article: Percepshrooms
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:
Do not eat!
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:
Maximum brain power!
To the right of the main percepshroom, the author wrote:
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):
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
- Main article: Bunker
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.
fig. B diamond clusterssystem ____ ____
____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ sequence ____ ____ ____ math ____
KEEP OUT INTRUDERSand ____.
The outer system is designed to ____ any potential intruders during security breach. One false move and ____
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)."
fig A. Undead Potion
____ ____ ____ ____ curse #7 ____ ____Zombie curse →
fig B Spell volumes
DO NOT READ ALOUD!
fig C Stonehenge
Corpus levitas Diablo DaminiumMondo Vicium
Alchemic symbols: cementation, composition, terre/earth
Squash with a Human Face and Emotions
While looking for ideas to defeat Gideon, Dipper calls this page "Butternut squash with a human face and emotions" instead of just "squash."
Squash with a Human Face and Emotions
SEEDS with WARTS(FUTURE GENERATIONS OF PUMPKINMEN!)
When Dipper showed the government agents his journal, this page was seen but the two quickly dismiss Dipper’s claim.
Stomach Faced Duck
The stomach faced duck was first found at a ____ lake
the ___ of ____ Lake, He ____ ____ ____ ____ deformed.
RESPONDS TO THE ____Water ____ ____ ____ to the ____ fond ____
Alchemic symbols: fire of rotation, calcination
Truth Telling Teeth
- Main article: Truth Telling Teeth
Truth Telling Teeth
fig. 81 A
The teeth have ____ ____ ____ ____ effect brainwaves and (A) ____ ____ ____ ____ of ____ ____ ____. ____ truth ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____ ____. (B) ____ ________ ____ ____ (C)
Buried 'neath the tree stump in the deep forest are Truth Teeth, which force upon the wearer the inability to lie.
On the right page is a map of where the tree is.
fig. 81 B
- Main article: The Undead
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.
Creature #6EXTREMELY DANGEROUS!!!
RETURN LIBRARY BOOK!
6/11Known for their pale skin and bad attitudes, these creatures are often mistaken for teenagers. Beware Gravity Falls' nefarious zombies".
In invisible ink it is revealed how to defeat them.
ZOMBIES HAVE A WEAKNESS!
PREVIOUSLY THOUGHT TO BE INVINCIBLE, THEIR SKULLS CAN BE SHATTERED BY A PERFECT THREE PARTHARMONY.
This entry has minimal written text, but contains symbols from various unknown sources/alphabets. One discernible symbol system is alchemy, which includes: composition, pulverise, digestion, fusion, and coagulation.
In "Scary-oke," Stan can be seen photocopying two previously unseen pages.
The left page contains 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
The left page has a few words cut off and a drawing of a Mystery Shack bumper sticker:
If you go on enough road trips chances are, you've seen a certain bumper sticker: WHAT IS THE MYSTERY SHACK?
Finally back safe and sound from one of the weirdest days at Gravity Falls. This journal told me there was no one in Gravity Falls I could trust, but when you battle a hundred gnomes side-by-side with someone, you realize that they've probably always got your back.
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.
Just inside the front cover, the book has an eyepiece (possibly 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 the "Scary-oke" episode, an eyepiece is seen attached to Journal 1 as well.
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.
- Intro: "Gravity Falls Main Title Theme"
- 101. "Tourist Trapped"
- 102. "The Legend of the Gobblewonker"
- 103. "Headhunters"
- 104. "The Hand That Rocks the Mabel"
- 105. "The Inconveniencing"
- 108. "Irrational Treasure"
- 111. "Little Dipper"
- 113. "Boss Mabel"
- 114. "Bottomless Pit!"
- 118. "Land Before Swine"
- 119. "Dreamscaperers"
- 120. "Gideon Rises"
- 201. "Scary-oke"
- 202. "Into the Bunker"
- 204. "Sock Opera"
- 206. "Little Gift Shop of Horrors"
- 207. "Society of the Blind Eye"
- 210. "Northwest Mansion Mystery"
- 6. "The Hide Behind"
- In an early promo that aired on Disney Channel, the gnome page had a creepier but fairly more accurate drawing of a gnome.
- This version of the gnome drawing is used in the replica journal that came with the Gravity Falls: Six Strange Tales DVD.
- The hand on the cover has alternated from six to five fingers.
- Random 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
- Dipper's handwritten pages are the only revealed page to have lines on it.
- 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 "3" and "Journal 2" have pages on zombies as seen and heard in "Tourist Trapped" and "Little Dipper," respectively.
- In addition, they both have pages on Bill Cipher.
- 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.
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