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Dipper and Mabel and the Curse of the Time Pirates' Treasure!: Select Your Own Choose-Venture is a non-canon Gravity Falls book written in the "Choose Your Own Adventure" style.

Production information

Title description

Once upon a time... travel, Blendin Blandin searches for the legendary Time Pirate's Treasure, and he needs Dipper and Mabel's help-and yours, too! Journey through time, exploring the dragon-infested medieval era, the weird-and-wild west, and the laser-and-giant-baby-filled future. Will YOU make the right choices to help find the greatest treasure ever known? Or is it only a matter of time before the twins and Blendin are clutched by the hands of time?! This all-new Select Your Own Choose-Venture time-travel treasure hunt features thrilling adventures, original artwork, and an exclusive double-sided poster! 3 choises you have, which one? The Old West (or the old, old west?). Medieval Times (or Medieval England), or 20705 (The Future!).


According to Alex Hirsch, the book is essentially non-canon to the actual series, as it follows a "choose your own adventure" format, having many different possible endings. However, it does contain "one enormous 'canon' secret."[1] It is likely the Axolotl.

While Alex has never officially confirmed it, It is speculated and widely accepted that the canon secret in the book is Dipper and Mabel's encounter with the Axolotl in "the time and space between time and space." This page can be read in a hidden page at "," a URL obtained after decoding a cryptogram on page 246. This URL stopped working and will instead send you to Disney NOW, if you want to see the page, go here.

The Axolotl, a giant talking axolotl, lets each of them ask him a question. Dipper asks him "What do you know about Bill Cipher?" to which he replies with these rhyming couplets:

Sixty degrees that come in threes.
Watches from within birch trees.
Saw his own dimension burn.
Misses home and can't return.
Says he's happy. He's a liar.
Blame the arson for the fire.
If he wants to shirk the blame,
He'll have to invoke my name.
One way to absolve his crime.
A different form, a different time.

This suggests that when, before being erased from existence in the series finale, Bill gives a reversed message that says "A-X-O-L-O-T-L! My time has come to burn! I invoke the ancient power that I may return!,"[2] he is actually invoking the Axolotl for redemption for his crime, and that there is one way to get absolved: he has to take "a different form" in "a different time." This would mean that Bill could return someday in the future, but it's unknown if this will ever occur.

The line about "sixty degrees that come in threes" apparently refers to the fact that Bill's shape is an equilateral triangle: three sets of sixty-degree angles (adding up to 180 degrees).

Secret messages

Main article: List of cryptograms

Non Canon Trivia

  • On page 177, there is a teaser for a sequel book to Time Pirates called Mystery Twins: The Time Sisters' Quest for the Evil Time Twin. The basis for the story comes from the fact Wendy and Mabel travel back in time to trade places with Wendinella after Dipper decides not to marry her. While this book will never be published and was added in as a joke, it can be determined that the story would have revolved around what Wendy and Wendinella switching places would be like.

    Mystery Twins The Time Sisters' Quest for the Evil Time Twin

  • Mabel didn't believe books were still made until someone on TV told her.
  • Dipper and Mabel's parents forced Dipper to take piano lessons when he really wanted to play the Tuba.
  • In the scenario where Dipper refuses to marry the king's daughter, he is forced to marry a donkey named Ms. Gobllesnout instead.
  • In the scnerio where he does marry the king's daughter, Dipper lives out a lovely life in the past as a royal.
  • Mabel is revealed to be good at therapy when she is able to talk with a dragon about its problems.
  • Mabel eats raw sugar straight out of the packets in order to be able to race really fast during the time race in the future scenario.
  • The daughter of the king is named Wendinella and has a strong resemblence to Wendy.
  • The national anthem in Blendin's future is Straight Blanchin'.
  • Similarly to the Unaired Pilot, one of the alternate outcomes has Dipper and Mabel trying to solve a riddle but not being able to agree on an answer. And like in the pilot, the correct scenario is that Mabel's answer is the right one.
  • The feared Calamity Brothers that Blendin warns the twins about in the wild west scnearios end up actually being Dipper and Mabel after they get stranded in the past in one outcome and decide to persure the criminal lifestyle given they have a feared reputation.
  • In 3rd grade, after someone stole her pencil, Mabel launched a mock police investigation to find it and got suspended for interogating people.
  • In the outcome where Dipper and Mabel stay for Sarsaparillas they all get infected with dysentery as their drinks are not well made.
  • In the outcome where the gang picks eternal youth, Dipper and Mabel end up living for thousands of years as they are now immortal. Everyone else either dies of natural causes of when Time Baby takes over.
  • Mabel believes she is capable of piloting a spaceship given she has made many paper airplanes.
  • Mabel reveals she is super bad at math.
  • The 1970's are considered the dark ages in Blendin's time.
  • Blendin still lives with his mom.
  • In one outcome, Dipper and Mabel get stranded in 1700s century France in a room full of cheese. There they become aristocrats, learn French and lead a normal life until they are killed in the French revolution.
  • In the outcome where Blendin stays behind in the old west, the world is taken over by lizard reptoids and Dipper and Mabel are captured when one fakes being Grunkle Stan to trick them.
  • In one outcome, Dipper, Mabel and Blendin are killed when the RMS Titanic crashes into their spaceship after flying out of a time explosion.
  • Mabel once read half a book about Titanic and has no idea that the ship hits an iceberg and sinks.
  • In the final ending, Dipper and Mabel's choose to not keep the Time Pirates' Treasure due to the fact they do not wish to do taxes, make investment choices and share the money with Stan.


  • This is the only Gravity Falls book with an original story that is not considered canon.
  • This was the first and only book that Jeff Rowe wrote.
  • It was the first book illustrated by Emmy Cicierega.
  • This was the last Gravity Falls book to release in a twin format with another Gravity Falls book, that being Journal 3.
  • Copies of the book were given to fans who were waiting at the post office during Cipher Hunt for the P.O. box containing the next clue to be opened.
  • Dipper and Mabel die multiple times in the book. This in turn makes Time Pirates' the deadliest and darkest Gravity Falls book despite not being canonical.
  • Although it is accepted that the Axolotl poem is the canon secret Alex alluded to, he has never confirmed that it is.
  • Despite being the most well known aspect of the book, the Axolotl poem page is not actually in it.
  • At 288 pages, Time Pirates' has the same number of pages as Journal 3.
  • Time Pirates was the second and last Gravity Falls book to contain a removable 2 sided poster.
  • As Ford is not mentioned or hinted to anywhere in the book, it can be determined that although it is not canon, the story is set some time prior to the events of Not What He Seems.
  • As Dipper and Mabel are on good terms with Blendin in the book, it can also be determined that the events take place after Blendin's Game.
  • In the outcome where Lizard people take over the world, Lizard Stan says the phrase, "ZRSKRUAD SLKDH SDUIFH HVEE SCRUK SHDOIS SNARGHHH CHAAAAAAAA!" It is unknown to this day if this is actually a code or just gibberish and not meant to mean anything.


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External links


  1. Alex Hirsch (Mar 30, 2016). Tweet 715311437812371457. Twitter. Retrieved on October 1, 2016. “The book is essentially non-canon (since it has many different endings) but it contains one ENORMOUS *canon* secret”
  2. "Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back The Falls." Shion Takeuchi, Mark Rizzo, Jeff Rowe, Josh Weinstein, Alex Hirsch (writers) & Stephen Sandoval (director). Gravity Falls. Disney XD. February 15, 2016. No. 20, season 2.

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