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Explained: How STEPN Minting Scrolls Really Work

Are you looking for more information about STEPN Minting Scrolls?

Maybe you wanted to mint a new sneaker in STEPN and suddenly realized that you now need to own the right STEPN scrolls as well?

Well, don’t worry, because a lot of people have lost track of all the constant changes that are being made to the rules and gameplay mechanics.

In this guide, you’ll learn exactly what STEPN Minting Scrolls are, how many you need, and where you can get them.

Let’s get started!

Key Points (tl;dr)
  • Shoe-minting in STEPN is equivalent to the process of “breeding” that you may be familiar with from other NFT projects or games. By combining 2 Vintage Sneaker NFTs you can mint a completely new Shoebox.
  • Although shoe-minting used to be a fairly easy process, STEPN recently introduced “Minting Scrolls” as an additional game element. The objective was to make shoe-minting considerably more challenging.
  • Minting Scrolls can be obtained from Mystery Box drops, however, the easiest and usually also the most cost-effective way to get the Minting Scrolls you need is to simply purchase them on the STEPN marketplace.
  • There are 5 different qualities of Minting Scrolls: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, and Legendary. Shoe-minting only works if you have Minting Scrolls that match the quality of your Vintage Sneakers.

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What Is Shoe Minting in STEPN?

In STEPN, shoe-minting is the process of taking 2 Vintage Sneaker NFTs that you own and generating a Shoebox that contains a new Sneaker NFT. In many other games and projects, this type of mechanism is often referred to as “breeding”.

Infographic explaining what shoe-minting is in STEPN.
Infographic explaining what shoe-minting is in STEPN.

Are you familiar with the process of “breeding” a new NFT by combining two different NFTs?

For example, the Mutant Ape collection of Bored Ape Yacht Club was created by applying a “serum” NFT to an existing Bored Ape NFT.

There are many variations of this kind of process and they are usually referred to as “breeding”.

In STEPN we call this “shoe-minting” because it allows you to create a completely new shoe based on 2 “Vintage” sneakers that you own.

Usually, the main reason why you would do something like that is that sneaker NFTs have value.

You can either use them yourself or sell them to someone else via STEPN’s native marketplace.

Although shoe minting is mostly a random procedure, the properties of the Vintage Sneakers play a role in determining what the newly-minted sneakers will be.

Why Do I Need STEPN Minting Scrolls?

You need Minting Scrolls in order to mint new sneakers. They are consumable items that burned upon use and they must match the quality of the Vintage sneakers used during minting.

Infographic explaining why you need Minting Scrolls in STEPN.
Infographic explaining why you need Minting Scrolls in STEPN.

When STEPN originally launched its game, shoe minting was a fairly simple process.

All you needed was 2 Sneakers, enough GST, and a little bit of time.

Unfortunately, it was far too easy to mint new shoes and this led to the creation of many large “minting farms” that eventually flooded the market with too many sneakers.

It was a very typical case of liquidity farming that is common to most token-based economies with unsustainable incentive mechanisms.

In June 2022 the STEPN introduced several changes to the way shoe-minting works.

The most notable change was the introduction of the so-called STEPN Minting Scrolls.

The overall requirements for minting a new sneaker are now as follows:

This is a significant change and makes it considerably more difficult to mint new sneakers.

STEPN Minting Scrolls are fairly rare items, especially those of higher quality.

Where Can I Get Minting Scrolls?

STEPN Minting Scrolls can be obtained from Mystery Boxes or purchased directly from the app’s marketplace. Each Minting Scroll can only be used once and is permanently burned after minting.

Infographic explaining where you can get STEPN Minting Scrolls.
Infographic explaining where you can get STEPN Minting Scrolls.

Unlike many other elements of the game, such as GST, GMT, or Energy, STEPN Minting Scrolls cannot easily be earned via gameplay.

In fact, Minting Scrolls are fairly rare items that are usually gained from Mystery Boxes.

So, as you can see, getting a STEPN Minting Scroll from regular gameplay can be quite challenging.

Alternatively, you can simply purchase the Minting Scrolls you need from the marketplace.

Although this requires you to spend more money, it is usually a far more cost-effective strategy.

Remember that STEPN Minting Scrolls are consumable items.

They are only meant for single-use and will be burned during the minting process.

Are There Different Types of Minting Scrolls?

There are 5 different types of Minting Scrolls, just like there are 5 different qualities of Sneakers. Minting Scrolls are available as Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, and Legendary.

Infographic showing the 5 different qualities of Minting Scrolls.
Infographic showing the 5 different qualities of Minting Scrolls.

As we mentioned earlier already, your Minting Scrolls must be of the same quality as the Vintage sneakers that you are using for the mint.

So, for example, if you want to mint a Shoebox from 2 Uncommon sneakers, then you need 2 Uncommon Minting Scrolls.

If you are minting from a Common and a Rare sneaker, you will need a Common Minting Scroll as well as a Rare Minting Scroll.

Just like many of the other items in the game, there are 5 different qualities of Minting Scrolls:

  • Common
  • Uncommon
  • Rare
  • Epic
  • Legendary

Conclusion

Although many players might feel like it’s become too difficult to mint new sneakers, this is actually a good thing.

Therefore we welcome this additional restriction and hope that it will help balance some of the broken elements within STEPN’s gameplay.

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