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STEPN Energy Guide: Everything You Need to Know

Are you looking for a useful STEPN Energy guide?

Maybe you’ve understood that Energy is an important element in the STEPN game but still find it fairly complicated?

Well, don’t worry, Energy is a lot simpler than you think and we’ve put together a nice little overview that will explain everything you need to know.

In this guide, you’ll learn how STEPN Energy works, how to increase your Energy and what STEPN’s new Energy bridge means for you.

Let’s dive right in!

Key Points (tl;dr)
  • Energy is a critical aspect of STEPN’s gameplay since it is the primary constraining factor in how much GST you can earn.
  • You can only accumulate Energy if you own at least 1 sneaker NFT. Energy accumulates by 25% every 6 hours and is spent at a rate of 0.2 Energy per minute.
  • Listing your sneaker on the marketplace disqualifies it from all Energy-related gameplay until you de-list it again.
  • You can increase your daily Energy cap by acquiring additional sneakers as well as rarer ones, however, there is an overall cap at 20 Energy.
  • With the upcoming launch of STEPN’s 3rd Realm on Ethereum, the team is introducing a so-called “Energy Bridge” that suggests you can transfer your assets from one Realm to another. However, this is not the case. In fact, the Energy Bridge is nothing but a temporary incentive model in order to get existing players to opt into additional Realms. But it’s not even clear what the real benefit is in doing so.

For a detailed guide on how the STEPN Energy system works, PLEASE READ THE FULL ARTICLE.

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How Does STEPN Energy Work?

Energy is the most constraining factor in STEPN’s gameplay. It determines how many minutes per day can be spent on physical activity that is rewarded within the game. After using up all your Energy, you must first wait for it to replenish before you can use it again.

Infographic explaining how the STEPN Energy system works.
Infographic explaining how the STEPN Energy system works.

Here at Tokenized, we’ve already spoken at length about the various different aspects of the STEPN game.

We’ve talked about the 4 STEPN attributes as well as how they influence your success rate in certain areas such as Mystery Box drop rates.

However, we’ve never really addressed how STEPN Energy works.

Well, of all of the different things that are important in STEPN, Energy is probably by far the most important factor.

You might be wondering why that is.

Well, it’s mainly because it is the most constraining factor in everyone’s gameplay.

No matter how great your sneaker NFT may be, if you don’t have sufficient STEPN Energy at your disposal, you won’t be rewarded for any of your movement.

In other words: No STEPN Energy means no GST earnings and more Energy allows for more earnings.

There are a number of things you need to know about how STEPN Energy works.

First of all, you don’t accumulate any STEPN Energy until you purchase your very first sneaker.

Once you do acquire your first shoe, you’ll be limited to a maximum of 2 Energy (this is your Energy Cap).

When you go out for a run or walk, you’ll spend STEPN Energy at a rate of 0.2 units per minute.

That’s right, you’ll only be able to actually earn for about 10 minutes.

You can increase your STEPN Energy Cap but we’ll get into that later.

Earning Mystery Boxes is also initially out of the question because you need to have at least 5 Energy before you’ll be able to receive any boxes.

If you list your sneaker on the marketplace, you’ll lose the associated Energy and your Cap will also reduce.

And finally, every time you use it all up, your STEPN Energy refills at a rate of 25% every 6 hours.

So a full recharge takes 24 hours.

Let’s quickly summarize the key points:

  • You must own a sneaker to accumulate Energy
  • 1 sneaker caps you at 2 Energy
  • STEPN Energy is spent at 0.2 units per minute
  • Listing a sneaker essentially disqualifies it from Energy
  • STEPN Energy refills by 25% every 6 hours

How to Increase Energy in STEPN

You can increase your Energy in STEPN by purchasing more sneakers as well as making sure you buy rare ones. Total Energy is currently capped at 20, but there are many ways to get there.

Infographic with a chart showing how much Energy additional sneakers will give you.
Infographic with a chart showing how much Energy additional sneakers will give you.

By now you’ve probably understood why most people want to increase their Energy Cap as soon as possible.

Luckily, increasing your STEPN Energy Cap is fairly easy to do and follows a pre-determined set of rules.

There are 2 ways in which you can increase your Energy in STEPN:

  • Buy more sneakers
  • Buy higher-quality/rarer sneakers

That being said, bear in mind that the current maximum Energy level per user is limited to 20.

To help you get a better understanding of how more sneakers help you get more Energy, we’ve created a nice little STEPN Energy table for you.

SneakersEnergy CapMove & Earn TimeFitness Level
1210 minNewbie
3420 minDaily User
9945 minSavvied User
151260 minPro User
3020100 minAthlete
STEPN Energy table showing how much Energy additional sneakers get you.

And we’ve also created another table that explains how rarer sneakers provide an additional Energy boost.

Sneaker QualityEnergy Cap Boost
Uncommon Sneaker1 Energy
Rare Sneaker2 Energy
Epic Sneaker3 Energy
Legendary Sneaker4 Energy
Table showing how much additional Energy a rarer sneaker will get you.

Let me illustrate how this would work with 2 real-life examples.

Example 1:
1 Uncommon Sneaker + 1 Common Sneaker = 3 Total Energy (2 Base Energy + 1 Bonus)

Example 2:
2 Rare Sneaker + 1 Common Sneaker = 8 Total Energy (4 Base Energy + 4 Bonus)

They will help you gain a better understanding of how Energy and attributes impact your earning potential.

What is the STEPN Energy Bridge?

STEPN’s Energy Bridge isn’t actually a real bridge that lets you transfer assets from one Realm to another. Instead, it is a limited-time incentive model based on your existing assets in other Realms. You can think of it as a temporary airdrop of Energy that eventually disappears.

Infographic explaining what the Energy Bridge in STEPN is.
Infographic explaining what the Energy Bridge in STEPN is.

As you probably already know, STEPN’s gameplay is split across multiple Realms that exist in parallel.

At the moment there are 2 STEPN Realms: One exists on Solana and the other on Binance Chain.

However, earlier this month, STEPN announced that they are launching Realm 3 on top of Ethereum.

Other than the fact that this will open STEPN to an entirely new crypto ecosystem, it also comes with an important change regarding Energy sharing.

Once Realm 3 launches, users will be able to gain additional Energy by playing in other Realms as well.

So, for example, if you already own sneakers on Solana and Binance Chain, you will receive 2 additional Energy in the new Realm (1 per existing Realm).

However, this additional Energy is not only capped, the cap also reduces with each month that you’ve been in the new Realm.

In other words, STEPN is trying to provide you with additional incentives in order to get you to hop into a new Realm where you’ll acquire additional sneakers.

To be honest, I don’t really see any benefit in doing so.

I’d much rather wait and see how things evolve before jumping into a new Realm where you’ll end up spending more money again.

Our STEPN Energy Guide Cheat Sheet

STEPN Energy Cheat Sheet showing an overview of different aspects of the Energy system.
STEPN Energy Cheat Sheet showing an overview of different aspects of the Energy system.

Not everyone is constantly at their computer or wants to search useful articles over and over again.

That’s why we’ve taken the key aspects of this article, including all the tables shown above, and put them into a nice and clean cheat sheet.

We hope you find this STEPN Energy guide cheat sheet useful.

Feel free to download the PDF by clicking the button below and share it with your friends.


It’s clear that Energy is one of the most important factors in STEPN’s gameplay.

Increasing your Energy cap is easy, however, it does require you to invest more money as well.

That is why we strongly urge you to be careful with the upcoming STEPN Energy Bridge since we believe it’s actually a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

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