Only 0.04% of Ethereum validators have been slashed since 2020, says core dev

The Ethereum environment has actually seen only 226 validators slashed since the launch of the Beacon Chain on Dec. 1, 2022 — totaling up to simply 0.04% of 524,060 validators, according to an Ethereum core designer.

Slashing is a procedure where a validator breaches the evidence-of-stake agreement guidelines, which typically leads to the elimination of that validator from the network and slashing a part of the staked Ether (ETH) that the validator offered as security.

Such slim chances of being slashed were highlighted by Ethereum core designer “Superphiz” in a Feb. 23 Twitter post, which recommends that individuals shouldn’t be worried about staking ETH for that specific factor.

The designer likewise discussed “four emerging best practices” to lower those chances even further.

One of these practices was to clean any existing chain information on old staking makers and to re-install and reformat the validator where required, stated Superphiz, keeping in mind that numerous slashings happen due to “failed systems migrations.”

Superphiz then recommended utilizing “doppelganger detection” — which checks whether the validator’s secrets are active prior to beginning the recognition procedure.

While this can affect validator uptime, he discussed that “perfect uptime” isn’t worth getting slashed in the grand plan of things:

“It’s wise to throw away $0.06 to save $1700. (A slashing costs about 1 Ether).”

The designer stated it is likewise worth seeing buffers and go to the Beacon Chain to realise of any possible issues that might occur.

Log of the slashed validators on The Beacon Chain. Source:

If something feels incorrect, Superphiz recommended “unplugging everything” and to “come back” when the issue has been recognized and a proposed service is embeded in location.

The designer likewise kept in mind that over 150 of the 226 slashings have been brought on by services instead of “home stakers.” 

Staked ETH and number of active validators on The Beacon Chain. Source:

Slashing can happen due to an “attestation” or a “proposal” offense, according to the Ethereum Foundation.

An attestation offense is one where a destructive validator efforts to alter the history of a block or “double votes” by testifying 2 prospects for the exact same block.

A proposition offense happens when a validator proposes and signs 2 various blocks for the exact same slot.

The bulk of slashing occasions have originated from attestation offenses, according to information from

One of the biggest slashing occasions took place on Feb. 4, 2021, when staking facilities supplier “Staked” had 75 of its validators slashed for producing completing blocks. Staked stated the attestation offense happened due to a “technical issue.”

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Since The Beacon Chain combined with the Ethereum evidence-of-work chain on Sept. 15, only 35 of the overall 226 slashings have occurred, according to, which recommends that the Merge has actually not had an extensive influence on slashing rates.

With about 16.7 million ETH staked (according to out of 120.4 million ETH presently in flow  (according to CoinGecko) — the portion of ETH staked has to do with 13.9%.

ETH can be staked on a central exchange, be handed over to an third-party validator network or be operated on an independent node, which needs 32 ETH.