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ButterflyProphecies

The player can find different totems throughout the game. There are five different types of totems based on Indigenous Native-American beliefs which signify prophecies to come in the form of butterflies, with different colors correlating to different meanings. They can be found in the game randomly, and looking into them shows a glimpse of a possible future event, giving the player a chance to avoid or follow the said event.

Collecting all the totems will earn the player the Night of the Totem Hunter Trophy.

Death

Black butterflies prophesied the dreamer's death.
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This totem foretells a possible death of the player's character.

  • Death Totem #1 - Found in: Prologue
  • Beth finds a totem which foretells herself and Hannah falling to their deaths. This is one of the only totems in the game with an unavoidable fate.
  • Death Totem #2 - Found in: Chapter 5
  • Matt finds this totem which foreshadows himself falling to his death off a cliff.
    • At the very beginning of Chapter 6, Matt and Emily get cornered by a herd of deer. If Matt enrages the herd and then fails one QTE or does nothing, the prophecy will come true.
  • Death Totem #3 - Found in: Chapter 5, Chapter 9
  • Mike can find this totem in the Sanatorium. It foreshadows himself lighting up a lighter, triggering an explosion.
    • If Sam fails the first Don't Move segment in the lodge or does nothing when she has the option to save Mike in Chapter 10, and dies thereafter, the prophecy will come true.
  • Death Totem #4 - Found in: Chapter 4, Chapter 8
  • Chris can find this totem near a pig's head. It foreshadows himself getting grabbed from the ceiling and decapitated by a Wendigo.
    • If Ashley leaves Chris behind in Chapter 9 and dies by opening the trapdoor, while Chris does not open the trapdoor, the prophecy will come true.
  • Death Totem #5 - Found in: Chapter 7
  • Emily can find this totem which foreshadows herself getting shot in the eye.
    • If Emily gets bitten in Chapter 8, Mike will later have the option of shooting Emily. By doing so, the prophecy will come true.
  • Death Totem #6 - Found in: Chapter 9
  • The last death totem is found by Sam which foreshadows herself getting impaled by a Wendigo.
    • If Sam fails any Don’t Move segments (excluding the first one), or does nothing when given the choice to run or hide in Chapter 10, the prophecy will come true.

Danger

Red butterflies warned of dangerous events.

This totem foretells a dangerous event that a character might experience.

  • Danger Totem #1 - Found in: Chapter 2
  • Mike can find this totem near a generator. It depicts The Psycho punching Ashley, knocking her unconscious.
    • If Ashley finds the scissors in Chapter 6 and decides to stab the Psycho, the prophecy will come true.
  • Danger Totem #2 - Found in: Chapter 3
  • Mike can find this totem which provides a vision of a horde of deer.
    • The second of the three totems in-game that occurs regardless of the decisions made by the player. The prophecy will come true at the very beginning of Chapter 6.
  • Danger Totem #3 - Found in: Chapter 7
  • Emily can find this totem which shows an arm trying to grab Mike.
    • If Mike makes it to the Sanatorium's Restraining Area (in Chapter 9), and the player executes the first QTE, the prophecy will come true.
  • Danger Totem #4 - Found in: Chapter 9
  • Mike can find this Danger Totem which foretells himself being attacked by a Wendigo.
    • If Mike fails a shooting QTE when a Wendigo is threatening him (not being behind a cage, or having a chain on) while Wolfie is dead, the prophecy will come true.
  • Danger Totem #5 - Found in: Chapter 9
  • Ashley can find this totem which depicts Josh turning into a Wendigo.
  • Danger Totem #6 - Found in: Chapter 10
  • Sam will find the last of all Totems which foretells a Wendigo leaping inside the lodge and chasing the survivors.
    • If Sam doesn't lock the basement door in Chapter 10, the following prophecy will come true.

Loss

Brown butterflies foretold of tragedies affecting friends.
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This totem foretells a possible death of another character.

  • Loss Totem #1 - Found in: Chapter 2
  • Once he enters the lodge, Chris can find this totem which foreshadows Emily burning to death in an explosion.
    • If Sam runs to the switch while Emily is still in the lodge during Chapter 10, the prophecy will come true.
  • Loss Totem #2 - Found in: Chapter 2
  • Mike can find this totem which foreshadows Jessica's body dropping onto an elevator shaft with her jaw ripped off.
    • If Mike takes all four slow paths in Chapter 4 or misses more than four QTEs (while taking all 4 shortcuts), the prophecy will come true.
  • Loss Totem #3 - Found in: Chapter 4, Chapter 8
  • Chris will find this totem which foreshadows Ashley decapitated, her head falling down onto the floor.
    • If Ashley decides to open the trapdoor in Chapter 9, the prophecy will come true.
  • Loss Totem #4 - Found in: Chapter 5
  • Mike can find this totem in the Sanatorium which foreshadows Matt getting his face bashed in.
    • If Matt fails any Don't Move segments, QTEs, or does nothing when given the choice in Chapter 10, the prophecy will come true.
  • Loss Totem #5 - Found in: Chapter 9
  • Ashley or Chris can find this totem which foreshadows Josh's head being crushed by a Wendigo.
    • If Sam does not find the Scrawled Journal in Chapter 10, the prophecy will come true.
  • Loss Totem #6 - Found in: Chapter 10
  • Jessica or Matt can find the last Loss Totem which foreshadows Mike being incinerated in an explosion.
    • If Sam runs to the switch before Mike makes it out of the lodge in Chapter 10, the following prophecy will come true.

Guidance

Yellow butterflies offered visions to help and guide.

This totem provides visions to guide the player in making future decisions.

  • Guidance Totem #1 - Found in: Chapter 1
  • Sam finds the first totem which shows a bird landing and flying away from a table unharmed near Jessica and Mike, during their snowball fight.
    • This is a hint for the player to not hit the bird as Jessica later, since disrupting nature on the mountain results in bad luck. If Jessica does not hit the bird, the prophecy will come true.
  • Guidance Totem #2 - Found in: Chapter 2
  • Chris can find this totem before following Josh or Matt while searching for Emily's bag. It foreshadows someone's fingers getting caught in a bear trap.
    • In Chapter 5, when Mike makes it to the morgue, he will find a moving hand. If he touches with the hand, the prophecy will come true.
  • Guidance Totem #3 - Found in: Chapter 3
  • Mike can find this totem showing a vision of Sam climbing up a stone wall next to a water wheel.
    • This is a hint for the player in order to ensure Josh's survival in Chapter 10. By going to the left side of the water wheel, Sam will find the Scrawled Journal, which will later save Josh's life.
  • Guidance Totem #4 - Found in: Chapter 4
  • Mike finds this Totem which depicts himself petting a wolf.
    • This is a hint for the player to pet Wolfie in Chapter 5. Wolfie will remember this in Chapter 9 and will guide Mike through the Sanatorium.
  • Guidance Totem #5 - Found in: Chapter 5
  • Matt finds this totem which shows Emily handing a flare gun to him.
    • This is a hint for the player to give the flare gun to Matt as Emily in order to ensure his survival. If he does not have a usable flare gun by either shooting it, Emily keeping it to herself or not finding it at all, he may die in Chapter 6.
  • Guidance Totem #6 - Found in: Chapter 6
  • Emily can find this last guidance totem which visions Chris putting down a pistol onto a table.
    • This is a hint for the player to do nothing during the Psycho's saw trap in order to ensure Chris's survival. Shooting Ashley will result in his relationship with Ashley dropping to zero, resulting in her not opening the door for Chris later after he escapes from the Wendigo.

Fortune

White butterflies brought dreams of luck and good fortune.
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This totem foretells possible fortunate outcomes for the characters.

  • Fortune Totem #1 - Found in: Chapter 2
  • Mike may find this first fortune totem which gives a vision of Jessica waking up on a collapsed elevator shaft.
    • If Mike caught up to Jessica in time, the prophecy will come true later on.
  • Fortune Totem #2 - Found in: Chapter 5
  • Mike can find this totem which gives a vision of Matt backing away from a banging door.
    • If Matt survived until Chapter 10 and successfully keeps running or abandons Jessica (if she is with him), the prophecy will come true.
  • Fortune Totem #3 - Found in: Chapter 5
  • Matt finds this totem which depicts Ashley opening the door to let Chris in.
    • If Chris executes every shooting segment in Chapter 8, or if he didn’t shoot Ashley in Chapter 6 then made it to the lodge, the prophecy will come true.
  • Fortune Totem #4 - Found in: Chapter 8
  • Emily can find this totem down in the mines. It gives a vision of Mike about to shoot someone, but deciding not to.
    • If Emily was bitten in Chapter 8, Mike has the option of shooting her later on. If he spares her, the prophecy will come true.
  • Fortune Totem #5 - Found in: Chapter 10
  • Sam finds this totem which gives a vision of herself and all her friends looking back at the burning lodge.
    • This prophecy will come true if Sam, Mike, Chris, Ashley, and Emily survived until dawn.
  • Fortune Totem #6 - Found in: Chapter 10
  • Josh finds the last Fortune Totem showing a Wendigo inching closer to Sam as she stays still.
    • If Sam chooses to Save Mike instead of running to the switch, the following prophecy will come true.

The Events of the Past

Throughout the game, the player must be observant to find all the totems. Each totem will unlock a piece of a short video, called The Events of the Past. If the player manages to find each and every totem, the puzzle will be completed midway through Chapter 10, and the complete video will be unlocked.

In the video, The Stranger is heard talking about his grandfather, who, just like him, devoted his life to keeping the mountain safe from the Wendigos. He hunted them down and kept them contained, but there was one - the "fiercest of them all", whom he could not defeat: The Makkapitew. He then explains how the miners were trapped within the mines during a cave-in, and thus resorted to murdering and devouring each other. It woke the curse again.

Though after all those years, the Makkapitew still roamed free, out of his grasp. Until one night, when he was finally able to get him in his sight. Conveniently, this was the same night Hannah and Beth were out in the woods. The Makkapitew forced them off the cliff, eventually killing Beth. Despite his attempts, The Stranger could not save the twins. However, he could avenge them.

And so he did, killing the Makkapitew with fire. The Makkapitew was dead - but not entirely: its spirit continued to roam the mountain again, waiting for a next victim to possess.

Trivia

  • Chapter 5 has the most totems able to be found, with a total of 6 totems.
  • The Prologue, Chapter 1, and Chapter 6 have the least totems able to be found, with 1 in each.
  • The totems found on the mountain by the group of friends were put there by the Stranger who copied the Cree's artifacts in order to protect people against the Wendigos.
  • A few totems can be found in different segments and chapters, or found by different protagonists:
    • Death Totem #3 can be found in the same location in both Chapter 5 and Chapter 9.
    • Death Totem #4 can be found in the same location in both Chapter 4 and Chapter 8.
    • Loss Totem #3 can be found in the same location in both Chapter 4 and Chapter 8.
    • Loss Totem #5 can be found in the same location by Ashley or Chris (if he was left behind, and Ashley didn't find the totem before him).
    • Loss Totem #6 can be found in the same location by Matt or Jessica (if Matt died in Chapter 6, while Jessica survived Chapter 4).
    • Guidance Totem #2 can be found in the same location by Chris or Matt (during the bonus segment, and if Chris didn't find the totem before him).

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All totem locations.

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