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To win the game, you must find 7 notebooks, and then exit the school! You have to have fun too, of course!
— "HOW TO PLAY" screen, Baldi's Basics Classic

Notebooks are the main objective in the Baldi's Basics series and supposedly belong to the player's friend in Baldi's Basics Classic.


The notebooks are spiral notebooks found in classrooms hovering on big desks. The colors that they appear in according to the files, the notebooks are (in order): black, blue, cyan, green, red, salmon, and yellow.


Baldi's Basics Plus

A notebook seen in-game.

Once the player left-clicks on the notebook, it will be immediately added to the notebook counter. Also, the player's stamina is refilled and Baldi will go a bit faster. The amount of notebooks required is changed based on the floor:
  • Floor 1: 4 notebooks (1-3 notebooks if there are errors in the level generation)
  • Floor 2: 7 notebooks (6 notebooks if there are errors in the level generation)
  • Floor 3: 9 notebooks (2-8 notebooks if there are errors in the level generation)

Starting with floor 2, Baldi's Math Machine can be found in some classrooms. To get a notebook, the player must answer the problem correctly by using one of the number balloons floating around the room.

After collecting all the required notebooks, the elevators will open up. The player must reach all of the elevators to complete the floor.

Notebooks award the player 10 You Thought Points when collected. Notebooks from Baldi's Math Machine do not award YTPs, however.

Similar to Hide-and-Seek and Explorer Mode, but there is no limit to the number of notebooks the player can collect. After a certain amount of time, the notebooks will respawn in random rooms, and a chime plays to notify the player of their presence. If the classroom has Baldi's Math Machine, the player has to solve the math problem again in order to get a notebook. The player's final score will show up on the screen after getting caught by Baldi and it will appear on the leaderboard if the player scored enough points.

Along with Challenge Mode, notebooks in this mode do not give YTPs.

The amount of notebooks in the challenges are different:

Baldi's Basics Classic

A notebook seen in Baldi's Basics Classic.

The notebooks have different colors and are bigger. Left-clicking or touching the CursorSprite custom.png button near the first notebook will open the You Can Think Pad, which prompts the first 3 normal math problems that can be solved. However, the second notebook and onward will show an impossible and corrupted question that the player cannot solve.

When the player collects all seven notebooks (so long as they get 6 questions wrong), Baldi will become fast (a bit faster than the player's running speed) and rush towards the player. At this time, Arts and Crafters will also become a new threat to the player. If looked at for more than a second, he will charge at the player and bring them straight to Baldi which puts the player at risk of a game over.

The new objective is to find all four exits in any order to finish the game.

The gameplay is almost the same as in Baldi's Basics Plus. If the player finds a notebook in this mode, the third math problem in the 3rd notebook onwards can be solved, but Baldi will still accelerate while the player is trying to find them. When the player gets caught by Baldi, the number of notebooks they collected is their high score for Endless Mode if the player collected more than they did last time. The high score is displayed near the Endless Mode icon.

Baldi's Basics Birthday Bash

There are the same seven notebooks like in Classic. But also, there are also two additional salmon notebooks located in the glitched school.

Baldi's Basics Classic Remastered

There are the same notebooks in Classic/Birthday Bash. As seen in the Baldi's Basics 3 Year Anniversary Presentation! video, there is a cyan notebook, but it is placed on where the salmon notebook usually was.

Baldi's Basics Full Game Early Demo

In this demo, there are 8 notebooks that the player needs to collect. All of the notebooks are colored green.


  • The notebook's respawn audio in Endless Mode is a slowed-down version of a crashing cymbal. In Music Maker, the sound effect is 119 Reversed Cymbal, and it is edited with 3F.
Baldi's Basics Plus
  • The notebooks are a lot smaller than in Classic and Birthday Bash.
  • Floors containing fewer notebooks is not intended, but it depends on the amount of classrooms the floors generate.[1]
  • In the game files, there are 7 notebooks, but the black one is yet to be used in the game.
  • The color of the notebooks will still change even if the player uses the same seed.
  • Prior to V0.1.3, when the notebook respawned, the subtitle showed Localized text not found, and in V0.1.3, it showed Sfx_NoteRespawn. It is because there was no value for the notebook respawning sound's key before the V0.1.4 update.
  • Prior to V0.2, a regular notebook did not give You Thought Points.
  • Prior to V0.3, floor 1 sometimes had 5 notebooks.
  • Prior to V0.3.3, all notebooks were green.
Classic/Birthday Bash
  • A notebook stored under the map along with It's a Bully using hacks.

    Every time a notebook is collected, it is stored beneath the map. This can be seen when hacking the game or when glitching outside of the Schoolhouse.
    • Notebooks can still be interacted with below the map. That means that more than 7 notebooks can be collected in Story Mode.
  • It is possible to hack the game to make the 3rd problem for the 2nd to 7th notebooks solvable. However, only some of the things are loaded until the player gets a question wrong.
  • The salmon notebook on the Story Mode icon looks gray due to a dithering effect.
  • The respawning audio is also played in the Kickstarter video when mystman12's face is closing up and he makes the frowning face. It is twice longer than the game's audio.
Baldi's Basics Classic
  • Prior to V1.4, there were two duplicated red notebooks in the classroom with the chalkboard saying "The world is big. Class dismissed.". It was then replaced with a yellow one in V1.4.
  • Each notebook was originally planned to include different subjects than just math, but due to the time limit, and while the history and spelling subject is considered too difficult for those who do not understand American history and the English language, the idea was cut. Although according to mystman12 during his stream, the subjects are still intended to be added for Baldi's Basics Plus, although they will be logic-based instead of trivia-based.
    • When hacking, the notebooks' supposedly-used subjects are revealed as follows:
      • Geography: Yellow notebook.
      • English: Green notebook.
      • Spelling: Blue notebook.
      • History: Red notebook.
      • Math: Salmon notebook.
      • Geology: Cyan notebook.
      • Science: Black notebook.
  • In the "HOW TO PLAY" screen from the game menu screen, the word "notebooks" is misspelled as "noteboos" as a typo.
    • This typo can also be found when the developer tested Baldi's ruler slapping interval by using some graphs.[2]
  • In V1.0, notebooks did not refill the stamina.
  • Prior to V1.4, it was possible to collect the notebooks while the game was paused.
  • Sometimes, the notebook counter is set to 5/7 for a strange reason when loading the school scene in Unity.


Baldi's Basics Plus
Audio Caption Description
A notebook respawned! The sound notebooks make when respawning in Endless Mode.
Classic/Birthday Bash
Audio Description
The sound notebooks make when respawning in Endless Mode.


Notebooks (Classic/Birthday Bash)

Baldi's Basics Plus
Baldi's Basics Classic
Baldi's Basics - Challenges Demo

Action figures


  1. "It's not intended, but I wouldn't consider it a bug. It's just that very rarely levels generate in a way that results in very few class rooms." - mystman12. July 11, 2020. Twitter
  2. "I always assumed it was on a curve, since the rate at which he increases his ruler slapping *is* on a curve, but I wasn't exactly sure what that looked like, what anger values corresponded to what average speed, etc. So I did some math and... DUN DUN DUN!" - mystman12. July 14, 2020. Twitter