If a validator shows harmful behavior, a percentage of their bonded/staked tokens will get slashed as a penalty, meaning they will lose them. 


As a nominator who delegated funds to that validator, your tokens will get slashed, too. This incentivizes good behavior and at the same time requires that you do your due diligence on vetting the validators you delegate your stake to, to be sure that you are aligned with their intentions. 


What could cause your tokens to get slashed?

 

Slashing will happen if a validator misbehaves (e.g. goes offline, attacks the network, or runs modified software) in the network.


What happens to the slashed tokens?


They will be added to the Treasury. This way, tokens from malicious actors are put towards projects by community members who actively help build the network and ecosystem. 


Read more about slashing in our Wiki.


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