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Dash (DASH) Staking Guide

Posted by Staked on Mar 5, 2020 6:01:23 PM


Staked provides a service that allows holders of Dash to get the benefits of running a masternode without the upkeep, while allowing holders to maintain custody of their crypto assets.


Dash is a fork of Bitcoin that was created in 2014 to provide anonymous, trustless and nearly instant payments. Dash was previously known as XCoin and DarkCoin before re-branding to Dash in May 2015. Dash block rewards are split between PoW miners (45%), masternode operators (45%) and Dash Project Treasury DAO.


Dash masternodes play the same role as full nodes in the Bitcoin network. A deterministic algorithm is used to create a pseudo-random ordering of the masternodes.

Each masternode requires 1,000 DASH as collateral. The 1,000 DASH are used as bonded collateral and required to earn the inflation funded block rewards. The collateral is always safe and never forfeited during masternode operation. The average Dash masternode reward frequency is just shy of nine days.



Dash masternodes are responsible for Dash’s governance. The DGBB or Decentralized Governance by Blockchain system allows masternodes to vote on proposals, which are then either implemented or not by Dash developers. An example of this is the 2016 block size increase, where the proposal to increase the block size from 1MB to 2MB was submitted and approved by vote within 24 hours.

Since 10% of the block rewards are used for the development, the DGBB also provides a mechanism for Dash to fund its own development. Budget proposals are submitted up until the end of the month. A series of superblocks or special blocks that pay out funded budget proposals approved by masternode votes are created if the proposal is approved by 10% of the masternodes.

DASH Masternode Instructions

Masternodes are originally formed by sending 1,000 DASH to a specific address in a wallet that will “activate” the node, making it capable of being propagated across the network. Step-by-step instructions follow:

Select Tools in the Wallet Navigation.
In the Tools drop down, select Debug console.
Create a new address to hold your collateral by entering “getnewaddress”.
Send exactly 1,000 DASH per masternode to the address you want to hold the collateral in.
Save your transaction ID (txid) by selecting Export, then send it to
Select Tools in the Wallet Navigation.
In the Tools drop down, select Open Masternode Configuration File.
Staked will provide you with a masternode configuration line, which you will then into the masternode configuration file.

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