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Battle of Nodes

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, but the one that is most adaptable to change” - Charles Darwin

In order to make Elrond a sustainable layer that will stand tall in the face of any challenge, we are building antifragility into its core. Right from the first testnet phase we invite everyone to discover what it means to run a node, get rewards, and put the network through a trial by fire so it will emerge stronger. The Battle of Nodes will feature a Testnet-as-a-Battleground environment where test node operators will be rewarded for supporting the network and even more so for trying to break it.

Goals of the Event

The purpose of this exercise is to:

  • Stress test our sharded proof of stake architecture and its inherent complexities in preparation for launching our mainnet;
  • Prepare our node validators for operating in real conditions that will include unfavorable conditions and adversity;
  • Collect newly discovered bugs, learn about potential attacks and use the findings to further strengthen our network.

Reward pool: $50.000


  • Registration: 01 October 2019 - 06 October 2019
  • Build: 07 October 2019 - 27 October 2019
  • Challenge: 28 October 2019 - 10 November 2019
  • Assault: 06 November 2019 - 20 November 2019

Who can join?

The event is an opportunity for anyone looking to get an early start to earning in the new distributed economy. You will learn more about decentralized networks and how to leverage their infrastructure to generate income while you sleep. A coffee stained laptop, basic computer skills and a good dose of curiosity will be enough to join, as plenty of support will be offered along the way.

The event will reward all those who contribute their time and resources in meaningful ways. We are calling out for tech wizards to find new bugs & smart ways of attacking or protecting the network, wise elders to provide the team & community with their support, content & guidance and for all eager warriors to prove their worth in battle.

Together, we will push the Elrond network to its limits and beyond so the mainnet launches not as a newly built castle but as a fortress that has withstood the fiercest of assaults, The Battle of Nodes!

Terms of engagement

The event will run in consecutive stages that will happen over the course of 2 months. Rewards will be accumulated through every stage and displayed live on the leaderboards. This is a test of endurance for the Elrond network but also for you, so make sure to stay active from start till end to maximize your gains!

At the end of the event we will grant special prizes to the top scoring nodes, as well as to participants that have distinguished themselves in notable ways, such as helping others, providing valuable insights, creating relevant content and so on. A guide for earning rewards and scoring details will be published in due time.

Register (01 Oct - 06 Oct) - Sign up for the event starting with Tuesday 1st of October by accessing this link. We welcome all submissions until Tuesday the 22nd of October. We will kindly ask you to go through a KYC procedure and agree to necessary terms and conditions.

You should:

  • Fill a registration form;
  • Provide KYC documents;
  • Receive confirmation.
  • Start setting up your node

Build (07 Oct - 27 Oct) - At this stage, the Battle of Nodes testnet is officially online. Rewards calculation for uptime and missions will start on Monday the 7th of October. Nodes can however join the Battle of Nodes testnet before this date, immediately after the initial announcement. Collecting maximum rewards will only be possible if your node is properly configured and online on the 7th of October.

You should:

  • Maintain uptime for your node
  • Send out transactions
  • Run periodic missions

Challenge (28 Oct -  10Nov): Stress testing the network begins. We will ask participants to perform various tasks such as sending batches of transactions, accessing smart contracts and some other surprise missions. The primary objective is to observe the performance of the network and its resilience under heavy workload conditions.

You should:

  • Send transactions of varying complexity;
  • Ensure high uptime for your node;
  • Help stress the network;
  • Check for new tasks and updates at least once per day

Assault (06 Nov - 20 Nov): The battle begins! What goes up must come down. Is this true for the most innovative mix of blockchain technologies? Let’s find out! In this stage, participants will be encouraged to try and slowdown, hijack or crash the network. To maximize your rewards, you should accrue as many rewards as possible, by any means. Keep doing Phase 2 (Challenge) missions as well.

You should:

  • Try to attack the network and other nodes;
  • Keep your node running at all costs;
  • Maximize your rewards by any means (within the Rules).


Registration for the event starts on Tuesday the 1st of October. Make sure to spread the word - challenge your friends and rivals to compete in the Battle of Nodes for epic rewards in the form of mainnet ERD tokens, everlasting glory etched in unique Elrond non-fungible tokens and above all for ultra-nerd non-stop fun!

Thank you, and may the best node runner win!

The Elrond Team


Joining the Battle of Nodes event - cheat sheet!

🕵️ Pass KYC

 💻 Setup node(s)

📑 Fill Form

🧐 Read FAQ

💬 Join Validators TG

📣Follow the forum

Additional information can be found at these links:


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