Can I lose my coins when staking?


I have a question about staking. I know that it is not implemented yet so there might not be answers to everything but I am still missing some generic knowledge. Are there any risks tied to the process?

For example, what if I pick some staking pool that turns out to be untrustworthy - could I potentially lose my delegated ADA because of that?

What’s the motivation for delegating less than 100% of your holdings if staking is risk-free? I am not talking about the coins that some people keep on exchanges for day-to-day trading but all the coins lying in your wallet (for example, Daedalus). Are the delegated coins locked for some minimum amount of time or will I be able to stop delegating and transfer immediately (in that case, why not delegate all of them all the time to increase provisions)?

Thanks for the clarifications!


Your ADA remains in your possession. There’s some risk to the reward level, depending on the performance of the pool, but not to the coins staked.

I see no reason not to stake all of your holdings. They’re not locked, you can spend/send at any time.


Your staked coins do not leave your personal possession, you only delegate a path to them and it is never required to give your private keys to stake pools.


There is no risk to losing your coins through the staking process. There will be a separate address to represent your stake which is different than the spending address.

With the current scheme, you can stake all your coins and still be able to spend. The motivation for delegating less than 100% of coins has been alleviated by the game theory and research that has shown the ability to both stake and spend without locking up the coins.

In this video below Lars Brunjes explains much of what would answer your questions. The biggest difference since this video came out is that in the video Lars describes 100 stake pools, but now the general idea is that there will be over 1,000 stake pools not limited by the technology.



Thank you all. Just as I thought. Stake everything is the way to go :slight_smile:


I had a similar question about staking and Ada lock-in while staking. Good to know @RobJF that the Ada is NOT locked while delegated to a pool.


Just to be absolutely clear, by “locked” most people mean “can’t be spent or moved”, in that sense delegated coins are not locked. But if you mean “can’t be accessed by the pool operator (or anyone else)” then yes that’s true, just as with coins in any wallet – because the ADA stays in your wallet.


Thanks! I updated my post to match yours - “NOT* locked”