Learn how to raid on Twitch, the difference between hosts and raids and more in our handy guide to raiding on Twitch

If you’ve been on Twitch long enough, you’ve probably heard of raids or been raided. Beyond just a term for when groups of people head to another’s stream, raids are part of Twitch culture.

They’re also one of the ways communities on Twitch grow and support each other, with raids helping smaller streamers and elevating them to greater heights. But what exactly is a raid, and how do you raid on Twitch? Keep reading to find out more.

Twitch Raid Basics

Raids on Twitch are when viewers of one channel move en masse to watch another streamer’s channel. When a streamer ends their stream, or sometimes during a stream, they’ll post a link or just tell their viewers to raid another stream. Those viewers then head to the other stream and make the viewer count rise much higher.

This is in comparison to a Host, where the viewers will stay on the original streamers’ channel and chat. In general, Raids are seen as better than hosting, as they bolster a streamer’s view count and chat more. But sometimes, a Host is preferable when you don’t want to disrupt another streamer’s chat or disturb their focus!

How to Raid

On Twitch, there are two main ways to raid. The first is to simply tell your viewers and type the destination/streamer you want to raid in chat. This is a more organic option but doesn’t notify the streamer through Twitch.

The second way is to use Twitch’s in-app raid options. You can type /raid followed by the channel you want to raid in chat to start a raid. Alternatively, you can set one up on your Twitch dashboard. This way, a streamer will receive a notification that they’re being raided. Although this is a less organic way to raid, it can give streamers a heads-up before they suddenly see their audience surge.

Things to remember

Raiding is usually a positive thing, but raids have sometimes been used maliciously. Hate-raids are an expressly banned behavior on Twitch, but that hasn’t stopped some from using them to galvanize and motivate an active community.

Overall, raids are still a good thing but should be used sparingly. It’s also bad etiquette to ask or beg for raids from larger streamers. Sometimes, smaller streamers will raid a more prominent streamer as a way of advertising. This is also frowned upon, but is still common practice.

You can also check out the latest raids and raid activity on Stream Chart’s Raid & Host finder tool. Simply type in the name of the streamer you want to see the raid activity of, and they’ll tell you if they’ve been raided or hosted recently. It’s a great way to see who supports your favorite streamers and perhaps throw some support back their way.

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Michael is a UK-based content creator who caught the esports bug in 2010, but took eight years to figure out he should write about it. Throwing away a promising career in marketing and PR, he now specialises in MOBAs, covering League of Legends, Dota 2, and esports in general since 2019. When not glued to tournaments taking place on the other side of the globe, he spends time nurturing an unhealthy addiction to MMOs and gacha games.