Become a Moonbeam Collator

Collators Help Maintain the Network

The main purpose of a collator is to produce blocks and support block liveness on the network. From there, collators offer up blocks to validators on the relay chain for finalization. 

This is similar to the role of miners in Proof of Work networks but, unlike miners, collator nodes do not contribute to the safety of the network and are critical to liveness, decentralization, censorship resistance, and security.  Essentially, collators work to produce state transition proofs for validators based on the Polkadot and Kusama relay chains and maintain a full node on both the relay chain and parachain in which they operate.

This is an opportunity to support the Moonbeam project and gain specialized knowledge while also earning real network rewards, such as Moonbeam’s native utility token, Glimmer (GLMR), and Moonriver’s native utility token, Moonriver (MOVR)

Collators Aid Block Production on Moonbeam

Helpful Experience

  • Proven experience running Substrate-based nodes and infrastructure
  • Familiarity with NPoS staking functionality on the Polkadot and Kusama relay chains
  • Experience with Linux and DevOps automation

What You Need

  • Appropriate hardware or virtual infrastructure to perform collator activities
  • A full node that runs with collator options
  • An Ethereum/Moonbeam H160 style account to stake funds, nominate others and collect rewards
  • A session key to generate an author ID and sign proposed blocks
  • Minimum staking balance for candidacy
  • A Telemetry server to run the full node is encouraged but not required
  • More than 1 person to run a 24/7 service
Learn More About Collating

The Benefits of Becoming a Moonbeam Collator

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Polkadot, Moonbeam & Web3

Help support the protocols deployed on Moonbeam and Moonriver by actively participating and helping to support the security and decentralized operation of the platform.

Help Build Moonbeam

Build & Contribute to The Network

Contribute your DevOps, technical, and operational skills to the network and gain rewards for producing blocks.

Learn About Moonbeam

Learn & Gain Valuable Experience

Learn how to perform the role of collator within Polkadot. We are the first Polkadot parachain to support an open and decentralized collator set.

Collators Producing Blocks

Collators Earn Rewards from Inflation

In an effort to contrast the “race to the bottom” that has occurred in other PoS networks, we are allocating 1% of the total supply to go directly to block producers on an annual basis. This allocation is specifically for collators and will not be shared with stakers (who receive 2.5%).

These rewards will be given to individual collators and teams and will be distributed to on-chain collators in the token of the network on which they’re collating (MOVR on Moonriver or GLMR on Moonbeam). This rewards system is designed to prevent larger collators from operating at a loss to force out smaller collators. We want the system to be compatible with small, professional validator teams!

Moonriver Collators at Launch

Figment Hubble

Figment Hubble

Staking Application & Collator

Bware Labs

Bware Labs

API Provider & Collator

Pathrocknetwork

Pathrocknetwork

Validator and Collator

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Blockdaemon

Leading Blockchain Node Infrastructure

Anonstake Logo

Anonstake

Staking Infrastructure Provider

WEB3Space Logo

WEB3Space

Professional Analysts and Validators

GP | Validator

GP | Validator

Validator

Hetavalidation Collator

Hetavalidation

Professional Staking Service

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Stake.Fish

Validator and Collator

Crifferent

Crifferent

Reliable and Secure Staking Services

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LetzBake!

Reliable and Secure Staking Service

Simply Staking

Simply Staking

Highly Reliable and Secure Infrastructure

Ryabina

Ryabina

Validator and Blockchain Software Developer

Premagine

Premagine

Dedicated to Fast, Secure, and Dependable Validation Nodes

Anamix

Anamix

Experienced Infrastructure Team

Staking4All

Staking4All

Validator for Proof of Stake Blockchains

Ondin

Ondin

Validator and Delegator

Masternode24

Masternode24

Validator and Staking Provider

Peloclick Staking

Peloclick Staking

Staking Provider with No Complications

Collators.io

Collators.io

Staking Services for Substrate-based Networks

Staker Space

Staker Space

Small Independent Node Operator

ZKValidator

ZKValidator

Validator and Privacy Champion

AlfaStake

AlfaStake

Independent Group of Validators

Brightlystake

Brightlystake

Staking Services for Retail by the Pros

Polkadotters

Polkadotters

Czech/Slovak-based Polkadot Community

Forbole

Forbole

Professional Validator

CertHum

CertHum

Blockchain Infrastructure Company

Moonbeam's Staking Mechanism

Moonbeam is currently the only Polkadot parachain to engage with third-party collators.

Parachain Proof of Stake

Staking Operation

Moonbeam and Moonriver plan to stay on a DPoS mechanism. This will allow nominators to choose which collators they support and the amount of stake with which to support them.

Substrate Pallet

Custom Staking Pallet

Moonbeam’s staking system is implemented as a Substrate pallet, which has been submitted for a Web3 grant. In addition, Moonbeam also includes EVM staking precompiles so staking functionality can be easily accessed and used by developers. 

Active Collator Set

Active Collator Slots

Moonriver will be rolled out with an initial 32 active collator slots that will be occupied by the highest-staked collators. The top 32 nominated collators are selected as the active collator set for a round, although the number of collators may increase in the future. 

Network Inflation

Supply Inflation

20% of Moonbeam’s annual inflation will be evenly distributed to collators in active slots and in good standing. This amount may also change over time as network conditions change.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the commitment to be a collator?

Anyone can signal their intent to become a collator and can occupy an active slot if they meet the minimum staking requirements. Active collators can withdraw from the active collator status at any time. 

What support can I expect?

The Moonbeam team will provide technical support and answer any questions on the Moonbeam Discord.  Moonbeam has an in-house experienced team that is running validators on Polkadot, Kusama, and other Substrate-based chains, including the Moonbase Alpha core infrastructure.  The core Moonbeam devs will be available as necessary if any code-level issues need to be addressed or if critical troubleshooting is needed.

How many collators will there be?

The initial configuration for Moonriver will target at least 32 active collator slots occupied by the highest staked collators that meet the requirements. The number of active slots will likely grow over time via governance. Note that PureStake and the Moonbeam Foundation may also run validators and occupy some of these slots.

How will I be rewarded for being a collator?

Collators will receive 1% of the total supply annually. This, however, does not include staking rewards which are accounted for separately.