Last updated: Aug 02 2020

Protocol teams occasionally change the delegation / staking process. If the following instructions do not work, please email support@bisontrails.co for assistance.

Edgeware is a high-performance, self-upgrading WASM (WebAssembly) smart contract platform, in the Polkadot ecosystem.

Delegation Instructions

1. IMPORT YOUR STASH - If you have already imported your Edgeware stash to the Polkadot UI, skip to step 2.

  1. Install the Polkadot.js extension for Chrome
  2. Click the extension icon in your browser
  3. Click I have a pre-existing seed, import the account
  4. Enter your mnemonic seed
  5. Name the account
  6. Create a password & verify
  7. Click Add the account with the supplied seed


* You can use your stash as your controller, however, for security reasons, we recommend you create a separate controller address. If you are importing an existing controller account, repeat step 1 with your controller mnemonic.

  1. Open the Polkadot.js extension
  2. Click +
  3. Click Create New Account
  4. Enter the password for your stash account
  5. Click Create derived account
  6. Name the controller account
  7. Create a password & verify
  8. Click Create derived account
  9. Save your seed in a safe place


*If your controller already has funds in it, skip to step 4.

  1. Go to Polkadot UI
  2. Click TRANSFER in the left-hand navigation
  3. Select your stash as the send from account
  4. Select your controller as the send to address
  5. Enter the amount you want to transfer. Your controller will need to have nominal funds (5-10 EDG) to not be reaped and pay for transaction fees
  6. Click Make Transfer
  7. Click Sign and Submit
  8. Enter your stash password in the pop up
  9. Click Sign the transaction


  1. Go to Polkadot UI
  2. Click STAKING in the left-hand navigation
  3. Select the ACCOUNT ACTIONS tab at the top of the screen
  4. Select + NOMINATOR at the top right of the screen
  5. In the modal, select your stash account and, if applicable, controller account
  6. Your controller will need to have nominal funds (5-10 EDG) to not be reaped and pay for transaction fees
  7. In the value bonded field, input the amount of EDG you’d like to bond
  8. If you’d like to bond all of your EDG, leave 5-10 EDG in your stash account for transaction fees
  9. Select your preferred payment destination:
    → Select Stash account (increase the amount at stake) to compound your rewards on your Stash account (most common), or
    → Select Stash account (do not increase the amount at stake) to leave your rewards un-bonded and spendable in your Stash account
  10. Click NEXT
  11. Disable autoselect to enable searching for nominators
  12. Search for and select the Bison Trails validators. Selecting all nodes will distribute stake among them evenly:

    Bison Trails/Bison Trails 1
    Bison Trails/Bison Trails 2
    Bison Trails/Bison Trails 3
    Bison Trails/Bison Trails 4
    Bison Trails/Bison Trails 5
    Bison Trails/Bison Trails 6
    Bison Trails/Bison Trails 7
    Bison Trails/Bison Trails 8
  13. Click Bond & Nominate
  14. Click Sign and Submit
  15. Enter your stash password in the pop up
  16. Click Sign the transaction
  17. Wait for the Transaction Success banner to pop up. This process can take a while if the network is behind.

Congratulations! You are now nominating the Bison Trails validators.


Edgeware’s native rate of participatory rewards is determined by the staking rate of the protocol, capping out at 20% when 80% of the protocol’s tokens are staked.

An inflation model calculator can be found here.

If a validator doesn't follow protocol rules, Edgeware slashes their bonded tokens as well as the EDG delegated to them.

  • Double signing: If someone reports on chain A that a validator signed two blocks at the same height on chain A and chain B, the validator will get slashed on chain A.
  • Unavailability: 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.

Bison Trails takes these risks extremely seriously and have built our infrastructure to protect our customers and minimize slashing risk.

Read more about how we minimize risk, or read our guide about the Cosmos proportional slashing proposal.

In Edgeware, only the 64 largest delegators to a validator will receive rewards. You can see the list of all delegators on Bison Trails’ validators in the Polkadot UI when searching for “Bison Trails.”

Bison Trails charges a 10% commission on all rewards earned by tokens delegated to our validator. The commission is paid to Bison Trails automatically by the protocol. You can then withdraw your rewards from the protocol directly.

Interested in delegating on other protocols?

Have tokens on other networks? Learn more about delegating to our community validators on Celo, Cosmos, Kusama, Livepeer, Ontology, Polkadot, Solana, and more. We also offer dedicated participation clusters.

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Please review our Digital Asset Rights Delegation Agreement.

This document is for informational purposes only. Please do not construe any such information or other material contained in this document as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.

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