Stake your TON Crystals and become a Free TON Validator

Staking is essential for the TON Crystal community. Help secure our network and start earning rewards. 

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Staking

Staking involves a consensus on the state of the blockchain using the Proof of Stake (PoS) algorithm. All users are welcome to send their TON Crystal to a stake and participate in maintaining the network.  

 

Free TON staking brings in about 8% per year. The number of assets allocated by the validators affects the value of the Crystal tokens. 

Rewards

Actions that help the network reach consensus are rewarded. Keep the chain running securely by batching transactions into a new block or checking the work of other validators and earn TON Crystals. Rewards are credited instantly. 

Risks 

Malicious actions, extended periods of downtime and failure to validate can result in fines and loss of stake. However, funds of nominators, ordinary users and pool members are not frozen and are always available for withdrawal. 

Requirements 

You need a minimum stake size of 10 TON Crystals and above, as well as a fee size that begins from 1%. 

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Free TON offers several roles

Validators

As a validator, you support the operation of the virtual server. You require a significant number of TON crystals to be a validator. 

 Validators compute and sign blocks, so they should have the technical knowledge to provide round-the-clock uptime for their datacenters. If a validator sends false data or has a long downtime, they will be fined a certain number of TON Crystals from the amount of its stake. 

 Free TON rewards the most responsible nodes through contests. 

Nominators

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Nominators are like individual miners who can easily connect to the pool and increase their income for a small commission.

Choose reliable validators. If your chosen validator is found to break the consensus or have a long downtime, your funds are partially at risk as well.

Fishermen 

Use the computing power of your servers for a detailed study of shardchains for validity. Find invalid blocks among approved ones, publish your proof and get rewards. 

Fishermen's rewards come from the withdrawn stakes of the validators who approved the invalid block. Validators who did not pass the competition due to lack of stake can use their computing power to become fishermen.

Collators 

An additional vacancy for the Free TON blockchain validation process.

Identify candidates for blocks from shardchains, provide them with Merkle proofs and provide validators for signing, saving their computing power and time. 

As of now, the Free TON network's decentralized consensus only requires a maximum of 1000 validators, who do all the work of collators

 

How to Stake TON Crystal

Choose independently from a list of DePools to begin staking. To qualify, you need to meet two criteria: 

 

  • Minimum stake size (10 TON Crystals and above) 

  • Fee size (from 1%) 

Click STAKE on the selected pool. Specify the amount of TON crystals to freeze as stake.  

 

Use your seed phrase, or a pair of public and private keys, to place the stake. 

 On your My Stakes tab, you can watch the minting process begin. This is automatic, so you can sit back and watch the results. Withdraw TON Crystals back to your wallet at any time. 

To simplify the staking process, place crystals on your account in the Koshelek wallet. The balance will automatically be staked and bring back a loot every second. You have full control over your funds, and you can withdraw at any time. 

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Proof-of-Stake Explained

Proof-of-Stake is a consensus mechanism that is set to replace the proof-of-work system that is currently used by many cryptocurrency networks.  

 

Consensus mechanisms keep blockchains secure and decentralized - in a PoS system, you need to stake to become a validate to ensure the security of the process. 

​​​How does PoS secure the network? 

TON Crystals are at stake

Attacking or cheating the system is not beneficial to a validator because their assets are at stake.

More validators, better security 

The amount of TON Crystals in circulation grows every time a validator enters the system, strengthening the security of the network. PoS has less requirements in terms of physical space and hardware, which helps the network evolve in a way that is not possible with PoW

PoS has plenty of other benefits, too. 

Sustainability

Validators in a PoS system don't require energy-intensive computers to participate in the process - just a laptop/smartphone. PoS helps Free TON remain eco-friendly. 

Accessibility 

With less hardware requirements, more validators can participate in the process. This helps make Free TON decentralized and secure while evolving exponentially.

Sharding

Sharding a PoS system dilutes the amount of computing power required to corrupt the network, making it easier for attackers to control shards. With randomly assigned stakers in a PoS system, this is no longer beneficial.

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