Fractal Forest Hearts (Baphomet Ending)
To unlock the Baphomet Ending, you need to have defeated Baphomet in Chapter 1, and unlocked a chamber at the end of the Fractal Forest in Chapter 2, and examined Baphomet’s Golden Statue inside. This is easier said than done.
To unlock the chamber, you need to balance some scales in the Fractal Forest. To do this, you have to find the hearts in two different locations. To UNLOCK these hearts, you have to examine two different paintings back in the Floating Forest. So, starting from the beginning, let’s walk you through this.
Let’s assume you’ve already beaten Baphomet in Chapter 1, as that’s required.
Go to Chapter 2: Floating Forest. There are two paintings you need to find here. The Hanged Man Painting, which is found on the right side of the area (near where Baphomet is drowning a constantly screaming man), and the Stairs Painting, which is found on the left side of the area (where the cauldrons and the giant Goddess statue are).
So, let’s start with the Hanged Man painting. Bring a torch, as that will make this task easier. Work your way over to where Baphomet and the screaming man are. You will see an island with three Martyrs chilling out together. On this island is a large purple branch. Climb up the branch and jump to the next island, which is covered in spiders. Quickly walk forward to the next island, which is small and has a broken bone gate on it. From here, you should be able to see this:
Facing this direction, jump across three islands. On the third island, turn right, and you will see a temple-like area blocked by bushes. Go ahead and burn them. In this area, you will immediately find one painting near a table. This is NOT the painting you are looking for. Keep going, and after some rocks, follow the path to the shore, where you will find this painting:
Once you examine this, we are good to move onto the next one.
To find the Stairs Painting, proceed past the Cauldron area as if you were going to the Goddess statue and the Fractal Forest. If you get to the statue, you’ve gone too far. While you are on the vine/branch walkway leading to the statue, there will be a subtle gap in the stone and underbrush. This is what it looks like:
At first glance, it doesn’t look like there is anything here. Even worse, sometimes there are collision detection issues with this path. Try crouching if needed. Once you get through, you will find this:
Once you examine it, you are ready to proceed.
Head to the Fractal Forest. As a reminder, there are four-dimensional rifts here that will take you to an alternate version of the forest. All but one of them looks like ghostly green kneeling figures.
1. The first one is on the left path is not important for this task.
2. The second one is on the right path, and this is where the scales are that you must put the hearts on when you find them.
3. The third one deeper in the forest, and is characterized by some very prominent stairs in the middle of it. This is where you find one of the hearts.
4. The fourth one is very well hidden, at the end of this area. It has a 2nd heart, and we will discuss it more soon.
First, you want to go to the Third Dimensional Rift. Players familiar with the area should be able to find it fairly well. Once you are in it, the Heart will be found right laying on the stairs.
From this position, you want to turn right and work your way towards the end of this area, where there is a large fire lake. You may see Baphomet again, chewing on someone. Once you are here, there is a very well hidden crevasse in the wall to your left (with the fire lake being on the left as well). It looks like this:
Passing through the crevasse, you will be warped into the Fourth Dimensional Rift. Inside, you will see a Golden Martyr Head and a hanged man. If you activated the picture correctly, the heart will be in his hands. The hanged man looks like this:
From here, return to the rift near the beginning of the section, and place the hearts in the scale to balance it. Now we can move on.
Leave the Fractal Forest, heading into the cave system at the end, which leads towards the Waterfall of Blood. Once you enter the cave, the chamber is very visible straight ahead of you, with a large golden statue of Baphomet standing in it. Go ahead and examine it.
From here, proceed through the rest of the level normally. When you reach the end of the Mushroom Mind section, a cutscene will occur and you will receive the Baphomet ending! Congrats!