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Validate vs. Delegate

Differences Between Validator and Delegator

The core distinctions between validators and delegators are outlined below:

ResponsibilitiesValidators actively run a node, validate transactions, and actively participate in securing the network.Delegators do not run a node themselves but entrust their tokens to a validator to participate on their behalf.
Stake RequirementValidators have a higher minimum stake requirement and, additionally, they have to stake AVAX tokens.The minimum stake requirement for delegators is lower and only requires BEAM tokens.
Rewards DistributionValidators receive rewards directly for their validation efforts.Delegators receive rewards indirectly through the validator they delegate to, sharing a portion of the validator's reward.