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Difference Between Nitro and Nitro Classic

Discord is a free voice, video and instant messaging platform originally built for gamers to stay connected with anyone and everyone easily. It started as a communication platform, but in a short span of time, became a general use platform for all kinds of communities, from writers to artists to K-Pop stans. It allows users to create servers (group communication hubs) to host like-minded conversations as well as channels with each server to demarcate different types of communications by mode or topic.

Discord Nitro is a paid membership service on Discord that grants special perks to a server and comes in two options: Nitro and Nitro Classic. We take a look at the difference between the two plans.

So what is Nitro Classic?

Nitro Classic is the more affordable subscription tier that Discord first introduced in 2017. For a monthly fee of $4.99, users get access to all the features Discord is known for, such as channel discussions, audio and video chat, direct messaging, and more. The Classic plan offers users access to custom emojis and animated emotes, animated avatars, custom number tags, higher quality video sharing, and an upload boost from 8MB to 50MB. You cannot use the server’s custom emotes in another server, if you’re a free user. However, the Classic Nitro allows full use of your custom emotes in other Discord servers.

So then what is Nitro?

Nitro is the more expensive Discord Nitro plan that levels up your server with more emotes, better bandwidth, and optimized file sharing, all for a monthly subscription fee of $9.99. For year-long subscription, Nitro is priced $99.99 per year. The Nitro offers everything the Nitro Classic offers, plus exclusive Nitro game perks to ramp up your experience on participating gaming titles and server boosts which allows you to do more with community rallying around servers, unlocking various level perks, and more. Server boosts also come in handy for companies using Discord for workplace communication.

Difference between Nitro and Nitro Classic

Character Limit

 – The free users and the Nitro Classic users are restricted to 2,000 characters per message. The Nitro Classic is the low cost subscription plan that limits the message capacity to half, which means you can enter only 2,000 characters in chat box at a time. The Nitro subscription plan extends your message capacity to 4,000 characters at a time.


– Nitro Classic offers servers animated avatars, custom number tags, custom emotes for use in other Discord servers, higher quality screen sharing (720p at 60fps)/ (1080p at 30fps), Nitro badges, file uploading limit to 50MB, etc. The new and improved Nitro offers everything the Nitro Classic offers and level up the offerings with more emotes, better bandwidth, optimized file sharing, increased upload limit (100MB), HD Go Live streaming, and more.

Server Boost

 – Server boost is an optional feature, but certainly supercharges the server of your choice by offering some fresh new and improved collective perks for your community to enjoy. Server boosts allow you to do more with the basic features and offer better audio quality, improved video quality, and increased upload limit with each server boost. Think of the boost as upgrading from a PS4 to a PS5. The Nitro Classic has no boosts, while the Nitro gives you 2X server boosts.


 – Nitro Classic is the less expensive offering that gives you everything Discord is known for, at a monthly fee of $4.99. If you opt for a year-long subscription, you have to pay $49.99 a year. Nitro is a supercharged Discord offering that offers everything the Classic Nitro offers, and more, at $9.99 per month or $99.99 a year (for yearly subscription).

Nitro vs. Nitro Classic: Comparison Chart


If you are just an average Discord user who is not talking on Discord on a daily basis or a weekly basis, then you don’t really need to upgrade to the Nitro plan. You’re better off with the Nitro Classic because you probably don’t actually need the extra perks and features like the server boosts, higher quality streaming, and increased file size limit. While making a server is free on Discord, server boosts certainly offers access to certain perks to the servers you own or visit frequently. The Nitro Classic has no boosts. But, both the plans offer a 30% discount on server boosting.

What does Nitro classic give you?

Nitro Classic gives you all the features and perks Discord is known for, such as channel discussions, audio and video chat, direct messaging, custom emotes, animated avatars, high quality screen sharing, and more.

Can you still get Nitro Classic?

You can still get the core features of Discord along with some additional perks with the Nitro Classic.

Can you upgrade Nitro Classic to Nitro?

You cannot upgrade from Nitro Classic to the regular Nitro, if you have an active subscription that is still valid. 

Is Nitro discord worth?

If you’re not a regular user who doesn’t talk on Discord very often or on a daily basis, then the Nitro plan is probably not worth it. You get all the basic features of the Discord free of cost and some additional perks with the Nitro Classic.

Why is Discord 13+?

Discord’s Terms of Service requires the users to be over 13 to access the app or website. Discord does not allow users under the age of 13 on their platform.

Do you get 2 boosts every month with Nitro?

Nitro subscribers get 2 Server Boosts with their active subscription plan, which renew each month at no extra cost.

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