Evmos is one of the first Ethereum Virtual Machine-based blockchains in the Cosmos ecosystem and enables developers to launch apps that run smart contracts across any number of EVM and Cosmos-based blockchains.
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- How to Stake EVMOS
- Do I need to maintain my staking in any way?
- Firstly, delegating from one validator to another can be done without waiting for the unbonding period. You might consider redelegating if your current validator raises their commission rate or gets jailed for misbehaviour on-chain. Once redelegated, you have to wait for 14 days before you are able to redelegate again.
- Secondly, rewards are not auto-compounded, so if you want to get the most out of your tokens, you should consider claiming and staking your rewards more frequently, but consider that each transaction will cost you some gas. Hence, please optimize your strategy for that. By using our Evmos staking calculator, you can calculate the optimal re-stake frequency for your amount of EVMOS. Some tools, such as restake.app, will enable you to pick a validator who will auto-compound your rewards for you, so keep this in mind.
- Lastly, as a participant in the Evmos Ecosystem, once you have staked your tokens, you can vote on Governance Proposals. While your contribution and vote are highly valuable to the ecosystem, participating does not affect the sum of your rewards.
- How do I choose Evmos validators?
- How are the staking rewards generated?
- Inflation on the Evmos Network (Block Rewards): EVMOS is designed to be highly inflationary, with approximately 300 million tokens released within its first year (Initial supply was 200 million). The tokens will be released using an exponential decay schedule, which minimizes inflation yearly. The project plans to issue a total of 1 billion tokens within four years in a process dubbed “The Half-Life”. It is important to note that block provisions (rewards) are distributed proportionally to all validators relative to their total stake (voting power). This means that even though each validator gains EVMOS with each provision, all validators will still maintain equal weight. These tokens do not go directly to the proposer. Instead, they are evenly spread among validators. By implication, EVMOS holders who choose not to stake will get very diluted over time.
- Transaction Fees: Each transaction processed by the network comes with transaction fees. Transaction fees are collected by the network and distributed to each delegator proportional to their stake. Evmos also divides fees as incentives between developers and validators for their services through an inbuilt, mutual fee revenue mechanism. This revenue mechanism/fee distribution is known as The dApp Store and is implemented as a 50/50 split between contract deployers and validators and can be tuned by governance.
- What are the risks to staking EVMOS?
- What is EVMOS
- Network Fees: EVMOS is used for network fees. Each transaction processed by the network requires a small fee to be paid to the validator, which gets shared with stakers. Evmos also divides fees as incentives between developers and validators for their services through an inbuilt, mutual fee revenue mechanism. This revenue mechanism/fee distribution is known as The dApp Store. Initially, the fee is split on a 50/50 basis between deployers and validators but can be changed through a governance proposal.
- Governance: Staked EVMOS is used to vote on governance proposals on the network. With governance, stakers can propose and vote for changes and improvements. The number of EVMOS a person or group has determined how much influence your vote will have on the outcome of a proposal.
- Staking: Users can temporarily lock up EVMOS to contribute to the security of the network. In return for the service, both the nodes and the stakers are rewarded with epoch rewards and fees.
- What consensus algorithm does Evmos use?
- What are the tokenomics of EVMOS?
- 32.00% is allocated to Staking Rewards
- 8.00% is allocated to Airdrop
- 20.00% is allocated to Usage Incentives
- 20.00% is allocated to the Team
- 10.00% is allocated to Strategic
- 10.00% is allocated to Community Pool (DAO Treasury)
- $27M was raised in the Seed round on 02/11/2022
There are several ways to earn a return on your EVMOS, including lending them out to custodial providers or through decentralized lending protocols, running your own validator, or delegating your tokens to validators of your choosing.
For the best security and control over your funds, we recommend using a Ledger Hardware Wallet. To delegate your tokens, you should ensure they are stored on your Ledger or Keplr wallet, and then follow these steps below:
Step 1: Go to the Evmos Staking Dashboard
Step 2: Connect your wallet, click on ‘All Validators’ and select a validator from the list. Check our FAQ on how to choose a validator if you are unsure who to delegate to.
Step 3: Once you have chosen a validator and decided on the number of tokens you would like to stake, click ‘Manage’ and then press ‘Delegate’.
Step 4: Finalize by confirming the transaction in your wallet.
After delegating your EVMOS tokens, there are a few things to keep in mind:
It is essential for users to stake their PoS tokens with dependable and highly performant validators, which is why we have rolled out our Staking Rewards Verified Staking Provider (VSP) Program in June 2022. Through this program, we thoroughly scrutinize potential validators, evaluating factors such as security measures, their on-chain reliability, their provider setup, and value-added services for the whole ecosystem.
Our VSP documentation contains further details about the program, Staking Providers that are part of the VSP will have a blue checkmark displayed next to their names here. If you want to know which validators on Juno are part of the VSP, simply go to the validator page on Minstcan and click on a validator’s name. If that validator is a VSP, it will have the Staking Rewards logo shown under ‘Additional information’.
There are many metrics to consider when selecting a validator to delegate to:
Commission Rate: The commission rate a validator charges is the % of your reward that the validator keeps for themselves. A high commission rate means your rewards will be lower, whilst a low commission rate could mean that the validator may not be profitable and could cause issues for them in the future. Evmos has set the minimum validator commission to 5%. Keep in mind that validators can adjust their commission rates up or down over time.
Number of Users: A high number of delegators could indicate positive sentiment towards a validator.
Validators Self-Staked balance: A provider with a high amount of staked tokens likely has more incentive to continue operating their services as they have more to lose than those with low self-staked balances. On Evmos, validators do not need to self-bond any tokens to start validating, so be sure to check that your validator does have skin in the game. This metric has some limitations as Validators can choose to delegate to their own validator from another wallet, which is done to increase security of their funds.
Current Status: In the Validator Overview table, you can filter for active or inactive validators, make sure this is filtering for active validators. Only the top 150 active validators on Evmos, ranked by balance, get any rewards.
Network Share: You typically don’t want to choose a validator with the highest or a low network share. Delegating to the most popular validators increases centralisation risks within the network as those validators will have more say in governance and produce a larger share of the blocks. A validator with a low network share might not be profitable, increasing the risk of them discontinuing their services. If a validator drops out of the top 150, they also stop earning rewards. However, if you are willing to put more time in, then delegating to a smaller validator helps support the decentralization of the network. You would just have to make sure to check regularly if the provider is still active and operating.
Performance: Make sure you pick a validator with the highest possible performance. Further, please check individual validators’ uptime, and our recommendation is only to pick those with a >=99% uptime and a long history of not getting slashed.
Value Add to the Ecosystem: Some providers offer extra services to their delegators, such as tax reporting tools or explorers. This can be another great way to filter for validators that are long-term invested in the Evmos Ecosystem. By delegating to a validator that is strongly dedicated to the Evmos Ecosystem, you are supporting their development that indirectly impacts the value of your EVMOS investment beyond the rewards from staking.
The Staking Rewards on EVMOS consist of both network rewards and fees:
It’s important to keep in mind that the total annual rewards are divided among all active stakers. As the number of staked tokens increases, the reward rate decreases.
Furthermore, there are governance proposals that could adjust some of the on-chain parameters, which could also change the APR if they are approved.
You’re welcome to use our Evmos Staking Calculator to get a better understanding of how these factors can impact your rewards.
We strive to make staking as safe and transparent as possible, however, it’s important to consider factors that may influence whether a particular staking option is appropriate for you:
Slashing risk: EVMOS delegated to a validator can be partially slashed if the validator misbehaves. On top of getting slashed, a validator can also be jailed, during which time you will not be earning any rewards. Validators can get slashed up to 10% for double signing events, if a validator misses more than 50% of the last 90.000 blocks, they will get slashed by 0.50%, and if a validator’s signature has not been included in the last X blocks, the validator will get slashed by a marginal amount proportional to X. If X is above a certain limit Y, then the validator will get unbonded.
Unbonding risk: The unbonding period for EVMOS is 14 days. Crypto markets are highly volatile, and investors need to be aware that they cannot sell their tokens immediately once they have staked them. They first need to wait 14 days for the tokens to unbond before they become liquid. Please take note of this lockup before you decide to stake. Consider keeping funds liquid if you do not intend to hold EVMOS long-term.
Dropping out of the active set: On top of potentially losing out on rewards if your validator gets slashed, a validator could also drop out of the top 150, meaning they no longer earn any rewards. Ensure you check back frequently to ensure your validator is active, not jailed and has not raised their commission fees.
Protocol security risks: There is an inherent risk that the protocol could contain unknown bugs. This not only applies to staking but your EVMOS investment in general.
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of all the risks related to staking.
EVMOS is the native token of the Evmos network that is used to carry out the key functions of the platform as detailed below:
Evmos Network is powered by Tendermint BFT. Tendermint BFT is a Byzantine Fault Tolerant (BFT) consensus engine developed by Tendermint. It offers instant finality, is horizontally scalable and is secure against malicious actors. It is also open-source, meaning anyone can inspect and use the code. Additionally, it is simple to set up and use, allowing developers to quickly and easily build distributed applications. The active validator set consists of the 150 highest-ranked validators by staked tokens, from which 1 validator is randomly selected to propose a block with 66% of the remaining active validators being required to attest the block in order for it to become final. The higher the stake, the more likely they are to be selected.
EVMOS has an uncapped maximum total supply and is designed to be highly inflationary, with approximately 300 million tokens released within its first year. The tokens will be released using an exponential decay schedule, which minimizes inflation yearly. The project plans to issue a total of 1 billion tokens within four years in a process dubbed “The Half-Life.”
Initial Token Distribution
32% of newly issued tokens are allocated to incentivizing active validators and their delegators evenly based on their EVMOS stakes. The initial distribution of EVMOS tokens is as follows: