River Token

About River

The Utility Token of the Moonriver Network

The network’s Kusama deployment will be called Moonriver, and have its own utility token called River.

Supply and other token economic behaviors on Moonriver will be the same as Moonbeam, but token distribution will be different in order to support the unique goals and attributes of the network. Moonriver will serve as a “CanaryNet” for Moonbeam, but it will also be a community-led experiment where the community will decide the direction it takes. Among other things, Moonriver will use a large parachain crowdloan to obtain its initial parachain slot on Kusama.

As the Moonriver network is still under development, the information on this page may change before the public launch of the network.

Last Updated February 22, 2021.

Deployment Network


Relay Chain


Token Name

River (RIVER)

Anticipated Launch

Q2 2021

Small Unit

Sediment (10^18 Sed = 1 RIVER)

Genesis Token Supply

10 Million

Annual Inflation Rate

5% Uncapped Supply

Transaction Fees

80% Burned / 20% to Treasury

River Token Utility

As a decentralized smart contract platform, Moonriver requires the River token to function. This token is central to the design of Moonriver and cannot be removed without sacrificing essential functionality.

Some of the uses of the River token on Moonriver include:

Supporting the gas metering of smart contract execution
Incentivizing collators and powering the mechanics around the creation of a decentralized node infrastructure on which the platform can run
Facilitating the on-chain governance mechanism including proposing referenda, electing council members, voting, etc
Paying for transaction fees on the network

Gas Metering

Protocol Security

Onchain Governance

Network Transactions

Genesis Token Allocation

When the Moonriver network launches, the total supply of River tokens will be 10 million. A portion of the network tokens have been reserved to ensure the network secures and maintains a parachain slot on the Kusama network.

A majority of the network (60%) will be fairly and permissionlessly distributed as part of the initial crowdloan. The remaining balance will be distributed to teams building on Moonriver and held by the Moonbeam Foundation to support long-term protocol and network development. Notably, there is no “founders reward” and the PureStake team developing Moonriver will not own any of the tokens at network genesis. Details are TBD, but this page will be updated as more information becomes available.

Allocation Details

Parachain Crowdloan 6,000,000 60% 60% of the network will be offered to raise KSM needed for the initial 2-year parachain slot. We are using this as a way to achieve token distribution for Moonriver. Tokens will be released to crowdfunding participants over the course of the initial 2-year period.
Parachain Bond Funding 1,000,000 10% Tokens to be used to pay for the KSMs required for the Moonriver parachain slot in years 3-6. These payments may take the form additional crowdloan or other interest payments. These funds will act as a backstop to ensure that our parachain slot is funded in years 3-6. Unused funds can be used to accrue parachain bond reserves and for other Foundation protocol development and adoption initiatives.
Parachain Bond Reserve 50,000 0.5% Onchain funds to be used for parachain bond purposes. Part of the supply inflation goes into this fund and the idea is ultimately for this reserve to hold enough KSM to secure a parachain slot in perpetuity.
Treasury 50,000 0.5% Onchain managed funds where spending the funds is only possible via token weighted onchain governance mechanisms.
Long-Term Network Stewardship & Adoption 2,450,000 24.5% Tokens under the control of the Moonbeam Foundation, to be used to fund network adoption, grants programs, ecosystem development, and other network needs.
Developer Adoption Program 450,000 4.5% Supply that will be used in the short term for project and platform adoption and practical needs. These are matching funds for the Moonbeam developer adoption program.

Inflation and Fee Model

Moonriver targets a 5% annual inflation rate and, as such, has an uncapped token supply.

The purpose of inflation in Moonriver is to pay for ongoing security needs of the network. The primary security budget items are to pay for a parachain slot on an ongoing basis, and to incentivize collators to provide collation (block production) services to support the Moonriver network. Of the 5% inflation, 1% will go towards incentivizing collators and 1.5% will go to the parachain bond reserve to accumulate on chain funds to pay for a parachain slot in perpetuity. The remaining 2.5% will go to users that stake their RIVER tokens and help power the collator selection process.

Fees on Moonriver related to transactions and smart contract execution will be handled in two ways. 80% of the spent fees will be burned, which acts as a deflationary force and accrues value to existing RIVER holders based on increased utilization of the network. 20% of the spent fees will go to the on chain treasury which can be allocated via onchain governance to projects and initiatives which further adoption and engagement with the network.