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Core web: How do I delegate in Core Stake?
Core web: How do I delegate in Core Stake?
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Written by Amanda
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Users can delegate their AVAX with ease through Core Stake. By doing so, users can receive rewards on their delegated AVAX. With Stake, users don’t have to trust a 3rd party dApp or protocol custody of their AVAX. These are the user’s AVAX, delegated to their chosen validator and under the user’s control at all times.

Delegating is an easier means to contribute to the network’s decentralization. Users should conduct their own research before delegating to a Node.

1. Make sure the Core extension is connected to Core web and navigate to Stake.

NOTE: Core Stake is currently only available through Core extension or direct Ledger connection to Core web. If not already installed, Core extension can be installed on Google Chrome here.

2. Once connected, navigate to the Delegate panel.

Users will have the option to learn more about delegating with Core. When a user is ready to delegate their AVAX, click “Get Started”.

3. To delegate, AVAX will need to be present on the P-Chain. The current available tokens will be displayed to the user, and if no AVAX is currently available, the options of transferring from the X or C Chains, swapping other C-Chain tokens, or buying AVAX will be available.

How to transfer AVAX

  1. Click on the “Transfer AVAX” button.

  2. Choose the source chain (Either X or C in this situation) and make sure the destination chain is set to P.

  3. Enter the number of AVAX to be transferred.

  4. Click “Confirm Transfer”.

    Users will then approve the export transaction from the source chain and the import transaction on the P Chain.

  5. Click the “back” button to return to the Choose Staking Amount screen.

How to swap AVAX

  1. Click on the “Swap AVAX” button.

  2. Select a C-Chain token in the “from” category and choose the amount of the token to swap.

  3. Select AVAX as the “to” token, and the conversion will happen automatically.

  4. If desired, click on “Show Details” to modify the slippage.

  5. When satisfied with the swap, click “Swap”.

  6. Users will then be prompted to approve the swap transaction.

  7. Once approved, click the “back” button to return to the Choose Staking Amount screen. Users should then follow the Transfer AVAX instructions listed above to transfer the AVAX to the P-Chain.

How to buy AVAX


1. In the Command Center, select “Buy”.

2. Enter the amount in the desired currency to spend.

3. Select the Avalanche C-Chain token to be purchased.

4. Choose the preferred method of payment.

NOTE: An optional step includes users being able to select the onramp service being used from fiat to crypto. Clicking on the conversion rate below the amount of AVAX being received will display the available onramps for the user's region and selected payment method.

5. Click "Buy AVAX" and then follow the prompts to enter the necessary information for OnRamper to complete the purchase.


1. In the Command Center, select “Buy”. Toggle to "Others" and then select "MoonPay".

2. A pop will appear to notify users that they are about to proceed to a 3rd party payment service. Click "Continue".

3. Enter the amount of money to spend to see the conversion of how much AVAX will be received. After clicking "Continue", follow the prompts to enter the necessary information for MoonPay to complete the purchase.

Coinbase Pay

1. In the Command Center, select “Buy”. Toggle to "Others" and then select "Coinbase".

2. A pop will appear to notify users that they are about to proceed to a 3rd party payment service. Click "Continue".

3. Log into the already established Coinbase account.

4. Follow the prompts to enter the necessary information for Coinbase to complete the purchase.

NOTE: If there is an existing balance of AVAX on Coinbase, it must be cleared out or moved before purchasing additional AVAX through Coinbase Pay.

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NOTE: If users have previously delegated or locked AVAX, the available balance may likely be smaller than the total balance in the connected wallet. Users can hover over the tooltip for more information.

After acquiring AVAX and entering the amount to delegate, click “Next”.

NOTE: A minimum of 25 AVAX is required to delegate on the Avalanche Mainnet.

4. Next, users will be able to select the node they want to delegate their AVAX to.

NOTE: Validators charge fees to users that delegate AVAX to their nodes. This fee can be seen in the far right column on this page.

Users can scroll through the list, search for a specific Node ID, or use advanced filtering options to show a smaller set of Nodes to choose from.

NOTE: This filter is preset to match the delegation information entered in the two previous steps (stake amount and duration). To view more validator options, these settings can be adjusted, however, these prior fields will need adjustment as well to accommodate.

Clicking on the blue Node ID on the list will launch the Subnet Explorer in another window, letting users view more information about a specific node before selecting it for delegation.

Once the preferred node is chosen, click Select. Then, click Next.

5. Next, choose a staking duration. A graph is present to represent the estimated reward based on the staking duration you have selected.

NOTE: These estimates represent the average rewards generated by the network over the specified duration and are provided for informational purposes only, without any representation, warranty, or guarantee, and do not represent any assurance that you will achieve the same results.

These estimates do not take into account any delegation fees owed to a validator for the use of their node. Each validator sets and advertises its own fees. The final estimate will take the delegation fee into account.

There are multiple predefined durations available to choose from, as well as a “Custom” option where the user can select a specific end date for their staking period.

If choosing a custom date, users are able to select a specific date within the minimum and maximum stake dates from the pop-up calendar.

NOTE: The minimum staking duration for delegating is 14 days for the Avalanche Mainnet.

6. After selecting a delegation duration, the user will choose the address the rewards will be delivered to. Users can choose between their connected P-Chain wallet address, or enter a custom address.

After selecting an address, click “Next”.

7. Finally, users are able to view a summary of their delegation information. Users have the ability to go back to adjust any submitted information, cancel the delegation setup, or complete the delegation by hitting the “Submit Delegation” button.

Users will then be prompted to confirm the transaction on Core extension.

8. Once completed, users will see their delegation was successful. They can then view the transaction information on the Subnet Explorer or return to Core Stake.

Users can also go to their Portfolio page and view their P-Chain activity to see their staked AVAX balance and P-Chain activity.

Note: If using a Ledger, the Ledger app has a tx size limit. Due to this, you may need to delegate/stake in portions if the tx size is too large for the Ledger to process.

For a narrated version of this tutorial, please view this YouTube video.

For any additional questions, please view our other knowledge base articles or contact a support team member via the chat button. Examples are for illustrative purposes only.

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