How To Stake Cardano ADA

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If you're interested in how to earn Cardano rewards, your mind will likely go right to the idea of cryptocurrency mining. After all, that’s been the dynamic for ages: To earn more crypto, you have to mine it. But Cardano operates differently than other mainstream cryptocurrencies. Instead, you earn ADA through a process called Cardano staking, and Cardano uses ADA stake pools – or delegation – to achieve this.

How to stake Cardano – that is, how to delegate your Cardano stake – is an important part of the backbone of the Cardano ADA system. The cryptocurrency staking model Cardano uses is unique among proof-of-stake coins (PoS) and is designed to achieve true decentralization, something other major cryptocurrencies have tried – and largely failed – to accomplish.

Cardano staking is unique because it allows anyone who holds ADA to earn rewards through a simplified process supported by all official Cardano wallets. If you’d like to get in on the ground floor and go straight to the top, our Cardano How-To Stake Guide will get you delegating – and profiting – just like crypto intended!

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What is Cardano Staking?

Before you can learn how to delegate your Cardano stake, you need to understand what Cardano staking actually is. It might seem like a lot to take in, but don’t worry – it’s all pretty straightforward, even for first-time crypto users.

Staking is a different form of blockchain validation, which is the security theory that most cryptocurrencies are built around. With Bitcoin (BTC), you’ve heard of Bitcoin mining, or the method by which BTC transactions are validated by the community.

However, mining Bitcoin takes tremendous processing power and undermines its “decentralized” nature by giving all the validation control to just a few multimillion-dollar corporations with giant server farms. The little guy can’t compete.

With Cardano, which is a proof-of-stake cryptocurrency, mining is not used. Instead, blockchain transactions are validated by “epoch slot leaders.” These are the stake pools that are selected for the given five-day time periods – or epochs – Cardano uses, and they derive their power from everyone in the community who has delegated their Cardano ADA to said pool. Slot leaders are responsible for creating new Cardano blocks and validating them. In return for this work, the pool is awarded ADA coins to distribute to their stake pool members.

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Cardano Staking Rewards

As a reward for their community assistance, those involved in staking Cardano ADA will earn passive income in the form of more tokens whenever their delegate pool validates a block. To get these rewards, however, you must delegate your ADA to a Cardano proof-of-stake pool such as ADA Strong or any of the authorized Cardano stake pools you find in your wallet’s delegation center.

This is effectively Cardano coin mining, and the Cardano staking rewards are granted in the form of more Cardano ADA tokens. Instead of only the owners of expensive servers getting all the rewards for block-building and validation, the ADA Cardano staking model allows everyone who owns ADA to contribute and benefit.

Cardano staking rewards are distributed automatically. You do not have to take any action to claim your rewards, they will just appear in your wallet. Rewards are earned at the end of each epoch, which lasts for 5 days.

Initially there will be some delays in when rewards begin appearing in wallets, but once things are running and more of the block building is taking place among the public stake pools, your POS rewards will flow into your wallet.

What Happens to My ADA When I Delegate My Cardano Stake?

When you delegate to a Stake Pool such as ADAStrong, your ADA stays right where it is, in your wallet. First and foremost, we want to convey that when you delegate your stake, you are NOT giving anyone access to or control of your ADA coins. Delegation is facilitated using the Ouroboros protocol. This is the very first provably secure proof of stake blockchain protocol, By design, the protocol protects your ADA from being accessed by any stake pool operator or member.

Your delegation essentially translates into a vote for a specific stake pool that you select to work on your behalf to contribute to the blockchain and earn Cardano staking rewards. When you delegate your stake, your ADA is not moved out of your wallet and is not tied up or locked while it is delegated. You can still trade it, sell it, spend it, or redelegate it at any time.

Cardano Staking Wallet Options

In order to delegate Cardano with a stake pool, you need to have a Cardano rewards wallet – that is, you’ll need a Cardano Wallet that is compatible with and supports the new Shelley protocol and which will guide you step-by-step in how to stake Cardano coins and how to join a Cardano pool.

As long as you have a solid, reputable, reliable wallet, you’ll be able to learn how to stake with Cardano quickly and securely. Currently, the best ADA Wallets for Cardano staking are Daedalus, Yoroi, and ADALite. You can also join a Cardano proof-of-stake pool from select online cryptocurrency exchanges.

How To Pick The Best Cardano Stake Pool

In the beginning, rankings and performance metrics will not be applicable due to the slow and strategic rollout of stake pool involvement. Even so, there are some distinct markers that will give some stake pools who have achieved certain benchmarks a leg up. Here are a few factors that you can use initially to determine the best Cardano stake pool options. We've also listed ADA Strong’s standing with the criteria evaluated.

Stake Pool Pledge

Have the stake pool operators pledged their own ADA to prove they are committed and have skin in the game?

ADA Strong has pledged 3 million ADA – so we have a significant investment in the success of our stake pool. This level of commitment ensures that we are laser-focused and giving our undivided attention to our nodes at all times as we work to make ADA Strong a premium rewards earner. 

Technical Qualifications

Are the stake pool operators technically qualified to maintain the necessary performance benchmarks in order to ensure success with building blocks, including quality of servers, uptime, and know-how?

ADA Strong utilizes technologically advanced servers with specifications that exceed industry standards to power our node, including historically verified and reliable uptime. In addition, our team has extensive experience and knowledge with the technical side of programming and monitoring performance metrics to keep things running like a well oiled machine.

Active Stake

Is the stake pool attracting new delegates?

ADA Strong had an active stake of more than 40 million as early as Epoch 212, which is more than double the active stake we had during Epoch 211, so we are showing strong growth without being in danger of saturation.

Attracting new delegators is a vital part of the process as there are minimum thresholds that must be met for a pool to be selected as a slot leader and staying well above that threshold ensures being selected more often to build blocks. 

The nature of the Cardano ecosystem will encourage the spread of delegation among the entire stake pool community as operators compete for your stake. ADA holders will bounce around and redelegate their ADA as they observe the performance success or failure within the different pools once rewards begin to flow.

We can promise you that we are committed to earning our stake pool members maximum benefits in the form of Cardano staking rewards. We are in it for the long haul, and are dedicated to working hard for you as we partner together to not only earn profitable rewards, but to join forces to change the world.

ADA Strong (ADAST) Blockchain Performance

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    EPOCH 423

    Blocks: 36

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    EPOCH 424

    Blocks: 31

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    EPOCH 425

    Blocks: 28

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    EPOCH 426

    Blocks: 27

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    EPOCH 427

    Blocks: 44

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    EPOCH 428

    Blocks: 31

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    EPOCH 429

    Blocks: 34

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ADA Strong Lifetime Blocks


We update this data at the close of each EPOCH and will display the stats from the most recent 7 EPOCHS because it gives a good picture of progress. You can review our live performance data in real-time here.

  • ADA Strong Pool Ticker:  ADAST
  • Pool ID:  e2eed9f58a161573050ab9324252b4fcccbf9fe06e1a034b6f91d748
  • Pool Fees: 340 Minimum Fixed Fee Per Epoch And 5% Variable Fee

Lifetime ROS: 3.92%

ADA Strong 2 (ADAST) Blockchain Performance

This Stakepool Is No Longer Active As Of Epoch 351

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    EPOCH 331

    Blocks:  22

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    EPOCH 332

    Blocks: 18

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    EPOCH 333

    Blocks: 13

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    EPOCH 334

    Blocks: 11

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    EPOCH 335

    Blocks: 11

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    EPOCH 336

    Blocks: 15

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    EPOCH 337

    Blocks: 1

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ADA Strong Lifetime Blocks


IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ADAST2 DELEGATORS: Due to the fact that saturation thresholds are being lowered at a much slower rate than originally anticipated, we have determined that a second stake pool does not benefit our delegators at this time. We will increase rewards for everyone by consolidating our pools into one and increasing performance due to the higher level of delegation. 

Anyone currently delegated to ADAST2 needs to move their stake over to ADAST before the completion of EPOCH 337.  This will strengthen performance on ADAST, which already enjoys higher than average ROS.  

We update this data at the close of each EPOCH and will display the stats from the most recent 8 EPOCHS because it gives a good picture of progress. You can review our live performance data in real-time here.

  • ADA Strong Pool Ticker:  ADAST
  • Pool ID: 4366857b44e3464c961500ffa27dce993144f50bc06b50bb00da09a5
  • Pool Fees: 345 Minimum Fixed Fee Per Epoch And 3.90% Variable Fee

Lifetime ROS: 4.56%

Cardano Staking FAQs

Cardano delegation is the method by which individual coin holders can delegate their ADA to staking pools and earn Cardano rewards based on the size and performance metrics of those pools.

Essentially, delegation is how the everyman “mines” Cardano (though this is technically done by the pools that earn slot leader status in each five-day epoch).