Want fun VTuber content stream ideas? Use these, but follow a golden rule: Blend common VTuber stream segments with what makes you you. Use the meta to set yourself apart. That’s why I listed these stream ideas from standard to creative.
If you get stuck, come back to this list! See the examples of how other streamers have innovated. Now you can keep your stream schedule smooth and authentic, never running out of content ideas.
Fun VTuber Stream Content Ideas
Let’s break these VTuber content ideas into special events, solo streams, collab streams, and the more unusual, creative VTuber stream ideas.
Special VTuber Stream Events
1. Debut Stream
A VTuber Debut is hailed as their most important stream ever. After months of preparation of art and lore, they finally introduce themselves to the world live on air.
2. VTuber Redebut
Indie VTubers especially like to debut new character models, often called a redebut (if not a debut again). It’s a way to keep your stream fresh and bring back viewers, and can continue the lore of your virtual character’s story.
3. New Model Reveal
Whether for a debut or redebut, the buildup phase to a new model reveal usually happens on Twitter. Set benchmarks for followers to “unlock” previews of your new model. For each one, show cropped sections, physics and facial expressions. When you get enough follows, set a date to reveal the whole thing live on Twitch or YouTube.
4. New Outfit
You don’t need a full redebut to have some fun. Even a new outfit can be an event if you post teasers on socials. But ask yourself a few questions: Why is the new outfit interesting to my audience? What in-jokes does it play on? Does it expand my story? These can all make chat feel involved!
5. VTuber Lore Videos
VTubers all approach their lore differently. While some have involved stories, others are irreverent. Whichever you do, don’t miss the chance to create exciting stream events to either introduce yourself as a brand new VTuber or to premier elaborate lore updates. Ironmouse premiered a fully animated lore update to include the Bubi character, created by Merriweather Media.
A subathon lets you set rewards your chat can unlock when you hit each number of subs. You’ve basically gamified your stream! In addition to completing a challenge every time a goal is hit, you can raise the “timer” on how long the stream will last. If you have a timer, be sure to specify if there’s a limit. When there’s no limit, it’s called an uncapped subathon. VTuber stream ideas abound here, because you need a lot of rewards for your community. Read more about sub goals, subathons and rewards.
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Common VTuber Stream Segments
1. Q&A Stream Using Marshmallow
Marshmallow (マシュマロ) is a popular website for VTubers to answer anonymous questions from followers. Anyone with a Twitter account can use it. VTuber Question and Answer streams are especially fun content either for a live stream or to turn into a YouTube video (preferably both). To do a Q&A stream, first tell your followers to submit their questions, then preselect the ones you’ll answer for quality control. This stream idea is popular with VTuber interview segments, too. As a host, you can ask your guest your own questions, but involve your chat by using Marshmallow so they can “interview” the guest as well.
2. Free Talk / Katsudan （活談）
A Vtuber free talk (Japanese: Katsudan / 活談) stream segment is just what it sounds like: talking to your chat without a particular topic or plan. Of course, you can always have a few notes written down in advance for loose ideas so you don’t forget anything or have awkward silences. Use a Just Chatting overlay, usually one with the chat visible. Link: VTuber Chat Scenes
3. Gaming Stream (Solo)
Probably the most obvious stream a VTuber can do is play a video game. You can repurpose the streams into gaming content videos and shorts on YouTube. And, of course, there’s the co-op version of this for collab stream ideas (see below).
4. Smol Stream
A VTuber smol stream is a stream done fully in an alternate model that is chibi / smol (small). Smol VTuber models usually match the regular model, but are comically designed.
Solo VTuber Stream Ideas
1. Singing Stream / Karaoke / Utawaku（歌枠)
A karaoke stream segment is popular whether you have the voice or not. It’s fun either way, and your chat can make song requests! Try incorporating it into part of your stream – or even use it as a chat redeem. Read more: Channel Points and Redeems
2. Tier Lists, Ranking and Reviews:
Rank anything from games to streamers to fictional characters. Keep it in line with your stream’s regular topics and jokes so your chat will have fun. Use TierMaker to make them. You can also make alignment charts, perhaps ranking your friends.
ASMR is better as its own stream so the loud noises after the segment ends won’t be surprising, but you can make it a redeem or reward for the end of stream. While ASMR is a serious category for some high-production value streamers, it’s up to you how seriously to take it. Your chat won’t mind if you play it up for laughs if that’s your style.
Due to the international popularity of VStreamers, and the inherent anime culture of VTubing, language learning streams have become popular, particularly for Japanese. Duolingo is a “gamified” language learning app, so it makes sense.
5. Crane Games
Crane games are, well, games, so it fits into Twitch. But they deserve a warning: they are addictive, cost a lot of money, and are hard. Don’t do this if you can’t afford it, and set a budget ahead of time if you do. Apps like Toreba let you play real Japanese crane games online. They’re supremely frustrating, so watch some up-to-date tips and tutorials before trying. Proceed with caution!
6. Art Segment
VTubers are creative people, so why not try art streams? While art and commissions are a full-time gig for some streamers (and hard work!), art can also be a low-stakes segment. So how can you stream art without the pressure? Here are some ideas:
- Draw for everyone.
- Give each sub or other redeem a doodle.
- Draw together.
- Make a list of VTuber friends and let your chat vote on whom you’ll draw.
You might be surprised this can be done virtually! VTubers like Vox Akuma have pulled this off by splitting the screen between their face and a real-life camera of their hands, which are gloved for privacy. Some smaller budget streamers have done it using only photos, usually with some trademark item in the shots and the shutter sound turned on.
8. Voice Lines & Requests
Ara Ara / Fanservice / Grill Voice or Ikebo / Imitate a Colleague / Do Impressions. Se seiso or tsundere or whatever tropes you normally don’t. Take requests! (Not sure what these terms mean? See the VTuber Terms Dictionary.)
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VTuber Collab Ideas
1. VTuber & IRL Streamer Collabs (Field Trips)
In 2022, Connor (CDawgVA) used his IRL stream setup to “take” the VTuber Ironmouse to arcades and sights around Japan. Since Ironmouse has health limitations that keep her from traveling, and because viewer’s love the duo’s banter, it was a heartwarming moment in VTubing history. Connor won arcade games with Ironmouse’s favorite prizes, hilariously helped her “touch grass”, and more, so both streamers actively created the live experience.
Since then, some other duos have tried the format. For an IRL streamer to “take” you somewhere, their camera can take up the screen and your Live2D / VTuber model can be on the side just like any other gaming stream. The two of you can use a Discord call for a smooth connection.
This story should give you a sense of how many possibilities are out there. When you combine completely different niches, you get something brand new. Network and develop your relationships and let the magic happen.
2. Talk Show / Interviews
Instead of a usual VTuber collab, you could set up your stream and overlays like a real talk show and have other VTubers on as guests. Interview them, chat about how you came to know of each other, and your other VTuber friends. As mentioned elsewhere in this article, check out Marshmallow as a way to let your chat interview the guest as well. You or a mod could pick out the questions that get aired. Have an image of the viewer question for a nice visual result.
3. VRChat for VTubers
VRChat is perfect for collabs between VTubers and streamers. You can meet in real time where every participant’s audience can enjoy it. Most of the other collaboration ideas like challenges, trivia or role playing work well in VR.
You can use any model, but if you’re a VTuber then you might want a 3D version of yourself to use. Warning: Be careful about using anything expensive though, especially in public lobbies, so that it can’t be stolen. Read more: Privacy from Doxxing as a Streamer
4. Co-op Games
Meet up in Minecraft or battle it out in a Battle Royale. Race in Mario Kart. The possibilities are endless, and you probably can think of plenty.
5. Rank each other
If your collab has a large enough group, rank each other on your different traits. Pull out an alignment chart or a tier chart and talk about each others qualities or habits.
6. Draw each other
Of course, you can work the other types of streams like art, singing, etc into collaborations! Drawing each other is a perfect example. Members of Hololive English have done it.
There are plenty of stream show-downs for VTubers, from high stakes to low. A game of Dare or Never Have I Ever are much more risky than a typing speed contest, but they all have the potential to be funny. You could play trivia with Trivia Creator, but it’s even more fun to have a mod collect and curate questions from your community.
One legendary challenge was between CDawgVA and Ironmouse (big fan, so indulge me, but they’re also perfect examples of creative success on Twitch). After Connor took Ironmouse on her virtual “IRL” trip to Japan, they went live on both of their streams and played Japanese crane games through Toreba. The goal was they would each buy $500 worth of tokens, play until they ran out, and whoever won the best prizes won. Who decided what was best? A group of their streamer friends rated them on style and creativity, like more ingredients in a recipe.
How to Involve Chat in Streams
1. Clip Contest
Clips are the perfect way to capture the spirit of your streams. In under a minute a clip will show people the funny, the pro and the personality. What better tool to repurpose for Twitter and TikTok?
That’s why a clip contest is not just a fun stream content idea, but a great way to encourage viewers to highlight your show. There are several ways to host a clip contest:
- A group of you and other VTubers / streamers have your top clips compared. Chat votes, and one of the streamers wins.
- Your chat makes clips, a mod helps you curate the entries, and you react to them. A viewer wins.
2. Clip Reacts
React content (watching other people’s videos or content on your stream) has an abundance of material out there. Don’t forget the fun of reacting to clips. You can react to clips of yourself or to clips in your category in general. Let your chat suggest clips for you to check out in a designated Discord channel, a subreddit, or elsewhere.
3. Fanart Review
All fanart is good art – well, assuming it doesn’t break your rules. But what if you could show your gratitude and let your chat enjoy the art too? Give your VTuber Art Hashtag a boost by announcing your fanart review well in advance and mentioning it regularly. Make sure it’s fun, and lavish praise on everyone’s art. Instead of ranking it, think more of praising each piece of art on different qualities.
4. React Streams with Chat
Let chat send memes. You can do these in themes as well, such as a scary night, having chat submit scary clips. Or have a meme theme where you laugh, you lose. Let your moderators have access to your StreamElements or other submission tool to review what gets shown on your stream.
5. VTuber Challenges
By letting viewers submit clips, you’ll make normal react content more engaging – and by turning it into a game, even more fun to watch. Some example challenge streams could be scary clips or “you laugh you lose” content. Bonus: If you fail the challenge, you have to send anonymous Twitch gift subs to your community.
6. Game Show
Game shows take creativity and presence. Some built-in options are to spin a Stream Wheel like the one by Streamlabs, use chat voting systems to make decisions, or to use a stream game like Jackbox. But don’t stop there. Make your own game, or a spinoff of a popular one and have chat call in or vote.
7. Play Games with Chat
8. Supa / Dono Readings
Supa is short for a Super Chat, which is a type of tip or donation on YouTube streams. Depending on your audience size, you may be able to read supas or donos as they come in. But if you’re a huge streamer, turn it into a segment so that it doesn’t interrupt the flow of your broadcast.
9. VTuber Roleplay (Example: Teaching)
Give your VTuber some teaching props or classroom backgrounds and teach your chat something new. Play it straight or funny. Think, what would your character want to teach chat? Alternatively, what would fit your persona to roleplay?
The Unreal Engine VTuber CodeMiko teaches her chat ambiguous lessons on anatomy and reprimands chat for being inappropriate, egging them on.
You could also use teaching as a collaboration stream and teach your other VTuber friends something or quiz them.
Have your chat vote on an artwork they’d like to see you commission. Go to Skeb and pick an artist for the job. If you don’t know, Skeb is a Japanese website popular with VTubers. Skeb tends to attract highly talented creators, since artists can take commissions with minimal micromanaging.
Ready to use these VTuber content ideas?
Did you think of ways to blend these VTuber content ideas with your own personality and style? If you still need a little push, make a list of common memes or jokes in your content. Write down what you think makes you different. Then reimagine these VTuber stream ideas with those in mind to get a unique angle on each one.
Make Your Stream Schedule Shine!
You want your schedule to be easy to stick to, and to have ideas ready even when you’re drawing a blank. So start planning a schedule that keeps you energized, one that’s easy to streamline. Be sure to post it to your socials weekly. Pretty soon, the people who love your stream content will be checking it for what you’ll do next!
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