It enables developers to build and deploy a parachain or experiment with Polkadot’s governance, staking, nomination and validation functionality in a real environment.
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Before you begin, please be sure you have claimed your KSM. If you need help claiming your token, follow this guide.
1. IMPORT YOUR STASH*
*If you have already imported your Kusama stash to the Polkadot UI, skip to step 2.
The current version of the Polkadot.js extension requires you to first create an account before you can import your own stash account. You may delete this account after you have imported your stash.
+to add an account
Add the account with the generated seed
+in the top right corner
Import account from have a pre-existing seed, import the account
Add the account with the supplied seed
2. IMPORT OR CREATE YOUR CONTROLLER*
* 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.
Create New Account
Create derived account
Create derived account
3. TRANSFER KSM TO YOUR CONTROLLER TO PAY FOR YOUR TRANSACTION FEES*
*If your controller already has 5–10 KSM funds in it, skip to step 4.
ACCOUNTSin the top navigation
send from account
send to address
Sign and Submit
Sign the transaction
4. BOND YOUR KSM and NOMINATE BISON TRAILS’ VALIDATORS
NETWORKin the top navigation
ACCOUNT ACTIONSin the Staking navigation at the top
+ NOMINATORat the top right of the screen
Bond & Nominate
Sign and Submit
Congratulations! You are now nominating the Bison Trails validators.
We are available to answer your questions 9am–6pm ET Monday-Friday. Please contact us: email@example.com
Kusama has two participatory reward mechanisms. Its native rate of participatory rewards is determined by the staking rate of the protocol, capping out at 10% when 50% of the protocol’s tokens are staked.
Additionally, 1% of DOTs (native to Polkadot) will be distributed as rewards to Kusama participants. The reward distribution mechanism has not yet been determined, as the Polkadot protocol is still under development.
We increase participatory reward earnings by enabling customers to easily scale their validator count and distribute stake to increase presence in the active validator set.
In Kusama, 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
If a validator doesn't follow protocol rules, Kusama slashes their bonded tokens as well as the KSM delegated to them.
Slashing primarily happens for one of the two reasons outlined below.
Bison Trails’ takes these risks extremely seriously and have built our infrastructure to protect our customers and minimize slashing risk.
Bison Trails charges an percentage service fee on all rewards earned by tokens delegated to our validator. The service fee is paid to Bison Trails automatically by the protocol. You can then withdraw your rewards from the protocol directly.
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Have tokens on other networks? Learn more about delegating to our public validators on Celo, Cosmos, Edgeware, Livepeer, Ontology, Polkadot, Solana, and more. We also offer dedicated participation clusters.