While it was once a chat app that lived and breathed as a place for gamers to communicate, Discord has evolved into “Your Place to Talk.” It is available on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and desktop, and you can jump in and out of conversations as often as you would like. In fact, the biggest challenge with Discord may be where to find the best servers for your situation. Fortunately, we can help with that.
1. Movies & Filmmaking
Movies & Filmmaking is the self-proclaimed largest Discord server for discussing all things movies, television and filmmaking, with currently more than 24,000 members to chat with. If you want to talk about action-adventure titles, there is a vibrant channel waiting for you.
This holds true for fantasy and sci-fi, comedy and drama channels. Filmmakers – both current and future – have their own channel options, including a really great group that will provide feedback for scripts.
Unsurprisingly, gaming is home to some of the largest and most active Discord servers. Minecraft is no exception, but this could just as easily be replaced with Fortnite, Roblox, Genshin Impact or many others. Inside the server, the channel list is pretty much what you might expect, with five separate channels just to show off your creations and builds.
A Q&A archive can help new and advanced Minecraft players with questions. The general discussion channel varies in day-to-day topics, so you can take a break from game discussion every once in a while.
3. Fantasy Football Chat
With the NFL season in full swing in the United States, finding a Discord server for Fantasy Football Chat takes no time at all. In this case, around 12,000 members populate this server with channels that range from a tournament, helping to find a league in your area, general chat and more. As the most popular of all fantasy sports, there is something here for every fantasy fan.
That’s true no matter how poorly your team or your players performed the following week. In fact, this is a great place to rant as much as it is to learn. You can always head over to the official NFL Discord as well for more talk about how Tom Brady continues to defy the odds.
This Amazon Prime show was a bonafide hit of 2021. So much so, that it was renewed for two additional seasons. Created by Walking Dead co-creator Robert Kirkman, this show is absolutely adult-oriented and it sure is a lot of (gory) fun.
Something of a comic-book version of “The Boys”, the Invincible Discord is continuously active even with the show off the air now for a few months. As the comic series has ended, spoilers can be plentiful, but if you can ignore those, you will find a passionate group of like-minded fans when you visit this Discord server.
When you just want a place to chat that isn’t central to any specific subject like sports, movies or games, come to the ChillZone. This 290,000 plus member Discord server is full of channels that are of interest. You can post selfies, stream video or participate in one of the three general channels that changes topics and direction on the hour.
Every day someone new shares their screen and opens a window into their world, allowing you to participate in the conversation or just listen in. It’s a great break from the outside world without any commitment on your end.
6. Anime Soul Discord
At 600,000 members strong, the Anime Soul Discord is the best place on Discord to talk about all things Anime. The channel list is full of different social groups and a few specific shows like Attack on Titan, Naruto and more.
There are dozens of voice channels, so you can actually “talk” to other Discord users or stick to the written conversation-heavy “All Anime” servers for more free-flowing discussions. It’s a passionate group to be sure, but if this is your area of interest, you will feel right at home.
7. Reddit /r/gamedev
Game development is tiring work, and you sometimes need some inspiration or just somewhere to rant. Welcome to the /r/gamedev Discord server. The Discord offshoot of the similarly-named subreddit is more real time than Reddit.
Different game engines like unity, unreal, java and vulkan all have their own channels. If you need a break from your game development, jump to the #show-off-your-stuff channel and gain some inspiration from the work others are doing.
8. Boiler Room Trading
To be fair, there are dozens upon dozens of larger trading Discord servers. All of them promise to be the absolute best source of information. Boiler Room Trading is one of the largest, with over 60,000 members. The largest channel is focused, unsurprisingly, on day trading.
There is an introductory channel to help you navigate the server properly and advise you of premium user options. If day trading isn’t your thing, there are also channels for options, crypto and long-term investments.
Fans of Apple products have always loved an opportunity to connect with other Apple fans, and Discord has opened yet another door for that conversation. R/Apple is another Reddit-based Discord and is currently the largest Apple-specific Discord around, boasting more than 60,000 members.
As one may expect, there are channels for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, tvOS, WatchOS and more. Do you love pre-ordering Apple products? There is a channel just for you, as well as one just for purchase advice, if you are on the fence about which iPad or MacBook to purchase.
It should come as little surprise that there is an official Xbox Discord with more than 70,000 members. A friendly place to connect with other Xbox fans, it’s a great place to discuss the past, present and future of the Xbox world. Are you interested in following gaming deals or talking about Naughty Dog and Bethesda? What about support issues?
The Xbox Discord is a fantastic place to find help for any hardware and software issues, as it is a place to discuss the latest game news. Don’t worry Sony fans, there is a PlayStation Discord for you as well that is full of PS4 and PS5, including an upcoming favorite of mine, Horizon Forbidden West.
11. Marvel Studios
Marvel is on a TV and film streak that continues to hit new highs time and time again. Marvel Studios is the largest and most active Marvel-based Discord around. There is a ton to do once you are inside this server, including going directly to the #leaks-and-rumors channel or forever staying away. With Shang Chi just topping the box office for the third straight weekend, you can discuss cut scene spoilers here or look at future films.
12. The Car Community
Cars have long been a hotbed of conversation, discussion and argument. Whether you want to discuss muscle cars, motorsports or future models, The Car Community is the Discord server for you. There are even unique channels, like #guess-the-car or #car-spotting, where you can point out rare vehicles that are not often seen on the road.
It’s a fantastic community full of passionate users, sometimes too passionate. Finally, there are a bunch of channels dedicated to car games, like Forza, Grand Theft Auto, Gran Turismo and more.
Finding More Discord Servers
There are a few sites dedicated to helping with Discord server discovery. Sites like discords.com, discordservers.com and disboard.org are all helpful with server discovery. Each site allows you to search by topic, like “finance” or “Star Wars,” and then reveals the most relevant Discord server. Each site offers a slightly different synopsis of each server, but you will know whether they are right for you.
However, if you want the absolute best way to locate new Discord servers, start in-house. Discord’s own “Explore Public Servers” located at the very bottom of your server list will not only surface by topic, but will also note whether a server is official, thanks to a green checkmark. Type in “movies,” “Star Wars,” “Dune,” etc. and you will find a list of available options. Just type anything into the “Explore Communities” search bar and you will get instant results.
Alternatively, you can find Discord servers on social media as both companies and individuals share their Discord servers frequently. Discord server addresses may already be posted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter profiles.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is Discord free to use?
This is a great question, as Discord’s paid tier is often overlooked. The service is free to use, but signing up for “Discord Nitro” at $9.99/mo or $99.99 yearly offers larger upload size limits, screen-sharing, HD video for streaming, animated avatars and custom emojis.
2. How do I set up a Discord server?
If you want to set up your own Discord server, it’s really easy. Head to Discord.com and look down on the bottom left under your current server subscriptions and click on “Add a server.” Then choose if you want to “Create My Own” server or select from one of the already available categories, like Gaming, School Club, Artists & Creators, etc. Follow the instructions for both paths, and you should have your own Discord server within a minute or two.
3. What are Discord bots?
These bots are one of the more unique aspects of Discord and create much more functionality. Automated alerts, FAQ, moderation, playing games via text, polls, etc., are all available as bots, and that’s just scratching the surface of what some servers offer. Ultimately, they are third-party tools that add much-needed functionality without requiring manual oversight.
4. How do I find hidden or private Discord channels (or servers)?
Realistically, users on a Discord server should not be able to see hidden or private channels unless provided access. Plugins like BetterDiscord can enable hidden channels, though you won’t be able to read them. However, it will allow you to see which channels are private. Outside of this plugin, Discord has long since plugged any vulnerabilities that may have enabled users to see private channels.
5. What’s the difference between a Discord channel and server?
A server is a space on Discord that is sort of an umbrella group for channels that branch out. Therefore, a channel is the various text/voice conversation boards that are dedicated to specific topics within each server. Think of it like a tree where a server is a trunk and the channels are the branches.
In some roundabout way, the pandemic has been really great for Discord. As people work remotely and play more video games, it’s been a boon for online conversation. Just as Slack and Microsoft Teams have seen their own increases in use, so too has Discord. Ultimately, it’s one of the best places online to connect with like-minded people who share similar interests.
Read on if you’d like to learn how to add bots to your Discover server.