If you've landed here, you must at least be considering getting started with the Move2Earn game StepN.
That's exciting! I'm not much of a gamer myself, but I can tell you that it's probably the most fun I've ever had with a game, and I'm still in disbelief that I can earn this much from a simple run, jog, or walk.
To start earning, you'll need to purchase an NFT sneaker. Below is everything you'll need to make sure you purchase the best one for you.
Below is a sneaker detail page in StepN (from the StepN website here). There's a lot here - and it can be a bit overwhelming at first! Below we'll cover each of the things shown here in more detail. By the end of this article, you'll have more than enough knowledge to pick the best shoe for you and start earning with StepN.
The StepN Sneaker Detail Page
If you're looking to buy your first sneaker to get started, there are many factors to take into account. In this article, I've laid out all of them in detail. If you don't want to read through all of that, here's the quick takeaways:
You can buy either Walkers, Joggers, Runners, or Trainers.
Which one is best for you will depend on which activity you like to do most. That is because each is limited to a certain speed range (so, you wouldn't earn much if you bought runners and went on a walk, and vice versa).
Trainers will be more expensive, but are the exception to this rule. You can go any speed with Trainers.
The amount of time you can earn for is determined by how many sneakers you own.
If you have 1 sneaker, you'll be able to walk/jog/run for 10 minutes. This increases to 20 minutes once you own 3 sneakers.
If you're primarily focused on how much you can earn, pay most attention to the Efficiency and Resilience of the sneaker.
If you only care about earning with 1 sneaker, you shouldn't worry about the number of mints on your sneaker. But you should know that sneakers with more "mints" will generally be less expensive.
If you want to know how much you should spend on a sneaker, use our Sneaker Pricing Tool.
If you want to know how much you can earn from a specific sneaker, check out our Earnings Calculator.
And that may be enough for you to get started. If this is all still unclear (fair - there's a lot going on), or if you'd like more detail and insight, keep reading below.
Also, if you need to learn more about the mechanics of how you'd actually get assets into StepN to buy a sneaker, start with Getting Started With StepN.
Let's go deeper...
Sneakers come in 5 different qualities: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, and Legendary.
Higher quality sneakers generally start with higher attributes (efficiency, luck, comfort, resilience). Additionally, each time you level up your sneaker you will receive points to allocate to these attributes. The higher the quality of your sneaker, the more points you will receive. More on that later...
You'll also be able to increase the amount of time that you can earn per day with higher-quality sneakers.
Regardless of the quality, sneakers come in 4 different types: Walker, Jogger, Runner, and Trainer. Each type has an optimal speed, and if you move above or below this optimal speed, you will earn less. That is why you need to pick the correct shoe for your activity. I actually started playing with Joggers, as I'm relatively tall and thought I could walk fast enough to be in the jogging speed range. Nope. Don't make the same mistake I did!
Trainers, however, provide more versatility and allow you to move within the entire range of speeds covered by walkers, runners, and joggers.
Given the increased effort at higher speeds, runners typically earn more than joggers, and joggers more than walkers. Trainers are again a bit different - given that you can move at any of these speeds, the earnings when you use a trainer are instead randomized (so you could run and make as much as a Walker, and vice versa).
You can use GST (the same token you earn from your runs/walks) to level up your sneakers. Due to a recent update, some levels also require GMT (the StepN governance token). Levels start at 0 and can reach up to 30. Costs to reach each level are shown in the table below.
Also, your sneaker won't level up immediately - the time you'll have to wait is shown in the "hours" column below. You can "boost" this (and remove the waiting time) by paying more GST - but it is rather expensive at 6 GST/hour.
Lastly, you'll increase the amount of GST you can earn per day, also shown below.
Costs (and Time) Required to Level Up Your Sneakers
As mentioned above, each time you level up your sneaker, you receive points that you can allocate to the 4 sneaker Attributes. The number of points you receive depends on the Quality of your sneaker (shown below in a screenshot from the StepN whitepaper). More on Attributes later.
Attribute Points Per Level
You may have noticed in the first table above that certain levels seem quite expensive to reach. That is because there are special unlocks when you reach these levels (shown below).
You may be wondering what level you should stop at to maximize your earnings. That depends on many different factors, including those outlined above. Use our StepN Earnings Calculator to find out which level is best based on your goals. And our StepN Level Up Tool will tell you how to allocate your stats at each level, as well as the days to breakeven on your level up cost.
Number of Mints
Below the bar showing the Level of your sneaker, you'll also the number of Mints. Minting allows you to "breed" (breeding sneakers sounds super weird - but I'm at a loss for a better term right now) two sneakers together to create a third. You can do this up to 7 times with a single sneaker. If you want to learn more about the minting process and its potential advantages, check out Minting in StepN.
For this post, the most important thing to know is that sneakers with fewer mints on them are more valuable. If you don't care about minting and only about earning with 1 sneaker, then this isn't a big deal. Even so, if you see two sneakers with the same price and similar attributes - go with the sneaker with the lower number of mints.
Sneakers have 4 different attributes - Efficiency, Resilience, Luck, and Comfort. If you're only focused on how much you can earn from a run/walk, the most important takeaway from this section is to focus on Efficiency and Resilience.
You'll see on the sneaker detail page at the top of this post that, for many sneakers, each attribute has a grey bar and a green bar. The grey bar represents the sneaker's base attributes, and the green bars show you where points were added when the sneaker was leveled up. If you see a sneaker that is above level 0 but has no green bars, that means that the points from leveling up have not yet been allocated - and you will be free to allocate them when you buy the sneaker. This is more important than it may initially sound. The second most important takeaway from this section is that the way in which points are allocated is very important.
That may still be unclear, so let me give an example. If you know that Efficiency and Resilience are the most important attributes for earning, it will make sense that sneakers with higher base Efficiency and Resilience have higher earnings potential. But, if the prior owner of the sneaker leveled it up and allocated points instead to Comfort or (somewhat less egregiously) Luck, you cannot (at this time) re-allocate those points back to Efficiency or Resilience. That means that, if the prior owner of your sneaker poorly allocated attribute points, the earnings potential of your sneaker will forever be lower than it otherwise could have been. Don't get me wrong, Comfort and Luck will have their value but, as of now, sneakers in the marketplace are typically valued lower if this has happened.
I mentioned sneaker qualities above, these are also important because they determine the level of base attributes for a sneaker, as well as how many points you get to add each time you level a sneaker up.
Efficiency determines how much you can earn from using your shoe. Therefore, of all of these 4 metrics, it's likely that efficiency will be the most important to you. To see how much you can earn from sneakers with different Efficiency (and Resilience, which is described below) check out our StepN Earnings Calculator.
When it comes solely to how much you can earn from running or walking, Resilience is the second most important metric (behind Efficiency).
Each time you use your shoe, it will lose Durability (which is shown out of 100). To "repair" your shoe and get those durability points back, you'll need to pay GST. The amount that you will have to pay to repair your shoe is determined by your sneaker's resilience. So if you're Resilience is low, you'll be spending too much of your earnings repairing your shoes.
If you don't repair your shoe and the Durability falls far enough, your earnings will decrease. This happens at two different thresholds:
At 50/100 Durability, your earnings will fall to 90%
At 20/100 Durability, your earnings will fall to 10%
Luck determines the frequency at which you could receive a Mystery Box after your walk or run. This will also be determined by how much Energy you use (longer walks/runs increase the chances of receiving a Mystery Box).
Mystery boxes contain gems, which are described below. You'll have to wait a few days to open a Mystery Box once you receive it, or instead pay a large sum of GST to open it early.
Comfort determines how much GMT you can potentially earn. GMT is the governance token of StepN. However, the Comfort attribute is under development as of this writing, so I won't spend any more time on it.
Sockets and Gems
In the Level section, I showed the benefits of reaching certain sneaker levels. Some of those benefits involved unlocking a Socket. On the sneaker detail page (at the top of this post), you'll see the sockets in the four corners surrounding the sneaker. Each socket relates to one of the 4 attributes, represented by the letter (and color) shown on the Socket.
Once you unlock a Socket by reaching a certain level, you will have to pay GST to open it. Once opened, you can add a Gem to the Socket. The Gem must correspond to the attribute (Efficiency, Resilience, Luck, Comfort) of the Socket. As with the Attributes mentioned above, you want to prioritize sneakers with more Efficiency sockets if your goal is to maximize earnings.
There are multiple levels of Gems, each with increasingly important benefits. You can get them from Mystery Boxes (mentioned under Luck above) or purchase them on the marketplace. See below for the benefits of Gems.
As an example, if you had a sneaker with a base efficiency of 5, a level 1 gem would allow you to have 7.25 efficiency (5 base + 2 gem points + 5% of of base). Because gems also add a % of your base stat, this is another reason why the base stats of your sneaker are very important.
To complicate this further, sockets can have different qualities, depending on the quality of the sneaker. The chance of having a certain socket quality (based on the quality of your sneaker) is shown in the table below. A higher socket quality will give an extra boost to the Gem benefits shown in the prior table. You can see this boost + costs to unlock sockets in the table below also.
A couple of other things to note:
Once you put a gem in a socket, you will be able to remove it later
Only gems in your primary sneaker that you use to walk/jog/run will affect your earnings. Gems in other sneakers will not help with this
As of now, you cannot transfer Gems to your wallet or other accounts
You can also upgrade your gems. This is kind of like minting sneakers, but with many important differences. You'll need to pay GST (at GMT with higher-level gems) to upgrade. Unlike minting, you'll need 3 gems (of the same Attribute - efficiency, resilience, luck, comfort) to upgrade. And more importantly, once you upgrade, you lose the 3 gems in exchange for 1 gem of the next level.
With lower-level gems, there is also a good chance that the upgrade fails - causing you to lose all 3 gems and the GST you paid, without receiving anything! The costs of upgrading gems, and the success rate, are shown below.
Gem Upgrade Costs and Success Rates
Now, with all that information, do you find yourself wondering whether it's worth it to open a socket, buy a gem, or try to upgrade them? You can find answers to all of these questions by using our Gem Tool (coming soon)!
And that should be more than enough to get you started! If you still have questions, feel free to reach out - I'd be happy to help. There is also a great (and growing) StepN community on Reddit - I always find them to be really helpful.