A new special guest from across the Fate franchise will join Fate/Grand Order‘s playable roster. The Fate/Grand Order 2023 Valentine’s Day event will bring with it the expected array of ways to gather up chocolate. It’ll also add Caren C. Hortensia of Fate/Hollow Ataraxia to the playable roster. The event kicks off in the English edition of FGO on February 13, 2023, and runs through February 26, 2023.
The Fate/Grand Order 2023 Valentine’s event is formally titled Saint Valentino! Chaldea Bitter Valentine’s 2023. It’ll have the Masters of Chaldea beating back an invasion of Shadow Servants into Chaldea, and gathering “God Love Points” for their trouble. Netting more God Love Points grants escalating rewards, including character progression materials and Command Codes. They’ll also earn Valentine’s Chocolate they can redeem to get gifts from their Servants. Trading in a Valentine’s Chocolate will trigger a special, fully-voiced cutscene showing a Servant gifting their Master with a unique Craft Essence for Valentine’s Day. This works for male Servants, too, although the context of the cutscene is usually framed as Master giving the male Servant Valentine’s chocolate, and receiving the Craft Essence in return.
The premium Summoning banner will add Caren C. Hortensia to the roster as a limited-availability 5-Star Ruler-class Servant. In gameplay, Caren emphasizes the Quick element, and specializes in supporting the party, while also doing damage with her Noble Phantasm. Caren first appeared as the heroine character in Fate/Hollow Ataraxia, a sequel to Fate/Stay night released in 2005. Set months after the conclusion of Fate/Stay Night, the story of Hollow Ataraxia favored a lighter tone, focusing on daily life scenes featuring Shirou and the core Fate/Stay Night cast. It also debuted characters like Bazett, Caren, and the first Avenger-class Servant in the franchise (who appears in Fate/Grand Order as Anra Mainiiu).
Check out Caren’s Noble Phantasm below.
Besides Caren, the summoning banners for the Fate/Grand Order 2023 Valentine’s event will rotate through certain female and select non-binary Servants. These include Lancer Altria, Quetzalcoatl, Sitonai, Enkidu, the Dioscuri, and more.
Fate/Grand Order is available on iOS and Android devices. The event will run from February 13-26, 2023.