The Graph

Stake The Graph with Kiln, enterprise-grade staking

What is The Graph?

The Graph is the indexing and query layer of web3. This blockchain indexing protocol enabling developers to build applications faster and cheaper, relying on a distributed network of contributors. By querying subgraph APIs, developers can retrieve the data indexed by The Graph network without the need for a dedicated indexing infrastructure. The Graph is the original protocol that introduced and standardized subgraphs as the data indexing and access custom across blockchains

What is staking?

Proof-of-Stake protocols use staking to create consensus. By locking native tokens into a validator - or indexers on The Graph blockchain -, you earn the right to secure a chain and earn rewards on your stake. Due to its environmental efficiency, staking has overtaken mining and is used far more often in newer protocols. 

By locking a protocol’s native tokens (ie GRT) to give “validators” the right to secure a chain. Validators propose new blocks or attest other validators’ blocks, gaining rewards for doing so.

Why should you stake your assets?

Staking is one of the safest and most predictable ways to get rewarded in the crypto space as the value originates from the blockchain’s native currency inflation, and a share of transaction fees. You help secure the network and earn rewards by staking your GRT.

If you do not stake, your assets token share will be diluted among other people’s tokens that are being staked and accumulating new tokens into the network.

You can stake your CRO as well as other (d)PoS cryptocurrencies to:
  • Put your treasury to work
  • Diversify and earn
  • Bring new opportunities by enabling your users to earn staking rewards

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How to stake The Graph with Kiln?

To stake GRT with Kiln, delegate your tokens to Kiln validators from your Ledger or Metamask wallet following those steps:

  1. Login your wallet
  2. Open our indexer profile and connect your wallet:
  3. Click on delegate
  4. Choose the amount of GRT you want to stake with Kiln
  5. Submit the transaction and confirm it
  6. Enjoy your staking rewards with Kiln!

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What are the rewards associated with staking GRT?

As an incentive for helping to safeguard the network, you can get rewarded with up to an 8-12% GRR.

Why should you stake your GRT with Kiln?

Kiln is the leading enterprise-grade staking platform, enabling institutional customers to stake GRT, and to whitelabel The Graph staking functionality into their offering. Our platform is API-first and enables fully automated validators, rewards, data and commission management.

Our clients can stake their tokens from our dashboard, a hardware wallet, a browser wallet, a B2B Custodian, a crypto exchange or just their favorite investment app. Kiln makes staking The Graph easy, secure, and accessible to everyone.

We are serving thousands of businesses worldwide so that everyone can securely and seamlessly:

  • Excellent track record in staking on 30+ protocols, managing more than $6b in stakes.
  • Trusted by industry leaders such as Ledger, Lido, Coinbase Cloud, Bitpanda, and many more!
  • Non-custodial, work with your existing custodians solutions e.g. Fireblocks
  • SOC 2 Type II certified and Industry leading SLAs (0 penalties recorded and 99.95% effective uptime)

Stake The Graph FAQ

What does Proof-of Indexing mean?


Proof of Indexing (PoI) is the consensus type used by The Graph to ensure the network’s indexers are correctly indexing subgraphs.

What is the difference between PoS and PoI?


In a Proof-of-Stake network, validators are tasked with validating or attesting blocks containing transactions. Meanwhile, in Proof-of-Indexing, indexers do not process blocks but show proof they have correctly indexed their subgraphs. For an indexer to be eligible for indexing rewards, it must send a POI at the first block of each epoch.

What are the risks associated with staking GRT?


In case an indexer’s query is disputed, and the served data has been deemed as incorrect, a slashing event will happen, resulting in a loss of tokens. In the case of a slashing event, 2.5% of the indexer self-stake will be burned. Slashing has no impact on delegated tokens to the indexer.

Is there a minimum and maximum amount to stake for The Graph?


There is no minimum to stake GRT.

Do I maintain custody of my GRT tokens? Is GRT staking non-custodial?


You can maintain custody of your GRT through any wallet or custodian solution of your choosing. Kiln’s GRT staking is non-custodial, only you can access your funds by controlling the underlying wallet which holds a claim to the funds.

What is the lockup period to stake The Graph? When can I unstake and withdraw my GRT?


On The Graph, there is a 28-day fixed duration, after which tokens will be transferred back to your wallet.

How do rewards and penalties work?


You need to have a few amount of ETH such as 0.1 ETH to pay de gas to stake and claim your staking rewards. Penalties on The Graph will result in a burn of the indexer’s self-staked tokens, not delegators.

What is the average block time on The Graph?


The average block time on The Graph is currently 3 seconds.

What is a Gross Reward Rate (GRR) and how is it different from a Net Reward Rate (NRR)?


In the context of Proof-of-Stake blockchains, the gross reward rate (GRR) refers to the total or gross amount of rewards earned from staking before deducting any fees or expenses. This is a reward rate that fluctuates with the operations of the protocol and the performance of validators, it is not set by Kiln. The net reward rate (NRR), on the other hand, takes into account the deductions or expenses, providing a measure of the actual rewards received after subtracting fees or costs.

Where can I learn more about The Graph?


There are many existing resources but we invite you to visit the The Graph website and to check our latest articles on our blog.


Gross Reward Rate (GRR) may change over time and vary depending on the open source blockchain protocol code. In addition, fees might be deducted from the gross effective rewards earned.