How to claim KSM token

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3 min readJul 3, 2020


In case you participated in the Polkadot ICO, you can claim an equal amount of KSM, the native token of the Kusama network. In this short step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to do so using MyCrypto and the Polkadot UI.

In order for you to successfully claim your token, you will first need to create a Kusama address, you can here is a step-by-step guide on how to do so.

Now it’s time to claim your KSM!

Step 1

Visit the "Claim Tokens" tab in the Polkadot UI, choose your account and click "Continue". You will now see a "Sign ETH transaction" box pop up.

How to claim KSM — step 1

Step 2

Every DOT (Polkadot) holder is entitled to the same amount of KSM. You need to sign a message with the Ethereum address that holds the DOT indicator ERC20 tokens — the address you used to send ETH to the Polkadot ICO. We recommend downloading the MyCrypto application. Since this process deals with sensible information, you might want to use an offline machine to sign the message. Visit the "Sign & Verify Message" tab. Unlock your account. If you created a keystore.json file during the Polkadot ICO you can unlock your wallet by clicking on "Keystore File" and uploading the .json file.

How to claim KSM — step 2

Step 3

Go back to Copy the message from the "Sign ETH transaction tab" (Pay KSMs to....) and paste it into the MyCrypto message box. Click on "Sign Message". Copy the signature that is shown below.

How to claim KSM — step 3

Step 4

Paste the signature into the "Sign ETH transaction" box. This will let the Kusama network know that you have a valid claim on DOT and, consequently, KSM. If everything worked, you will now see a success message. Go back to the "Accounts" tab in the Polkadot UI. Your address will now own KSM.

How to claim KSM — step 3

Now you are ready to stake your KSM and return rewards for doing so — learn how to here.

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