Discord is the world’s most popular gaming chat platform. The platform has voice chat, video call, text chat, and video streaming capability, though the streaming functionality is much more limited compared to dedicated services such as Twitch. The base version of Discord comes as a free app available for pc, mac, and mobile, simply requiring you to download the software and create an account.
For people who want to unlock additional features on Discord however for either themselves or their favorite servers, there are various payment options available. ‘Boosting’ is the Discord term for upgrading. You can use ‘Nitro boosts’ to upgrade your own account, giving you additional perks for every server you are a member of. Take a look at our article on Discord Nitro to learn more about this feature. ‘Server boosts’, as you might expect, apply to specific servers only, but improve the experience for everyone in the server and are a great way to contribute to an online community, either for a server you own or one you are an active member of.
Server boosting works in an accumulative manner where a certain number of server boosts is needed to unlock certain levels that provide benefits. A single server boost on its own does not do anything. The bonus each level brings can be broadly categorized as either performance or cosmetic improvements. Below is a list of each Server Boost Level, the required number of boosts needed to reach it, and the benefits each level brings.
- Up to 50 emojis
- 64Kbps – 96Kbps audio quality
- 720p 30fps screensharing and “Go Live” streaming
- +50 additional emojis (for a total of 100)
- Custom Server Invite Background
- Animated Server Icon
- 128 Kbps audio quality
- 720p 60fps screen sharing and “Go Live” streaming
- Note that the boost requirement for this level can be purchased through spending the same amount of money on a Discord Nitro subscription, which comes with 2 boosts in addition to the other benefits of the subscription, as well as a 30% reduction to the cost of all further server boosts purchased.
- Everything from the First Level
- +50 additional emojis (for a total of 150)
- Server Banner
- 256Kbps audio quality
- 1080p 60fps screen sharing and “Go Live” streaming
- 50mb upload limit for all members on the server (for use in the server)
- Everything from Second Level
- 384Kbps audio quality
- 100MB upload limit
- Vanity URL which some businesses might want this to look more professional
Ultimately whether server boosting is worth it or not is largely subjective. If you’re not an active member of a server, and purely used Discord to play games with a small group of friends, then you may wish to save your money; if however, you are part of a clan or online community focused around a server, then boosting can be a great way to contribute to ‘the greater good’. Besides the cosmetic extras you get for each level, the improved audio quality, streaming quality, and upload limit does give practical benefits.
If you do intend to purchase two or more server boosts, we would definitely recommend buying Discord Nitro, which comes with two server boosts for the same cost as if you were to buy them separately, not to mention a 30% reduction to the cost of all further server boosts purchased.
Discord can be a particularly difficult program to navigate, especially if you aren’t up to speed with all the intricate features it comes equipped with. For that reason, we’ve put a number of tutorials together showcasing some of the stand-out features of this great app. Below are some of the best – including some bug fixes. See our main How To Use Discord page for a full list of all our guides, grouped by subject.
- What is Discord Nitro and is it worth it?
- What is Discord Streamer Mode? How does it protect your stream?
- How to make a Discord bot
- How to add roles in Discord
- How to make and deleted a Discord server
- Discord text formatting
- Discord not updating
- How to disable Discords new reaction feature
- How to delete a Discord account
- Can’t hear people on Discord
- Discord mic not working