Mars Protocol Airdrop – Everything You Need To Know

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Mars protocol airdrop is another yet legit and profitable airdrop of the year, this airdrop is majorly for the Luna user that has staked LUNA.

In this article, I will be giving you in-depth details about the project and Mars protocol airdrop, I will also give more insight into the token launch and lockdrop.

What Is Mars Protocol

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Mars protocol is a credit protocol for the future: non-custodial, open-source, transparent, algorithmic, and community-governed. 

Mars token is a fast-growing lending protocol in Terra blockchain that enables collateralized and uncollateralized borrowing.

Mars Protocol Airdrop

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To function properly, the Mars protocol team thinks that it’s a must to get MARS tokens into the hands of knowledgeable and active participants throughout the Terra ecosystem. Hence, here’s how it will be done.

At launch, 70 million MARS (out of a total of 1 billion) will be circulating. 

After launch, MARS will be distributed to the users adding value to the ecosystem.

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How To Be Eligible For The Mars Protocol Airdrop

LUNA stakers (including bLUNA holders) will receive a one-time distribution of 10,000,000 MARS.

The snapshot to determine the group of users who will receive the airdrop was taken on Jan. 1, 2022 (Terra block #5,895,050), meaning that users who were stakers (as defined above) at that time are eligible to receive the airdrop. This snapshot is to help ensure a broader distribution of MARS by preventing users from gaming the airdrop via Sybil identities.

Before the anticipated Mar. 7, 2022 launch of the full protocol, airdrop recipients will have the option to lock their MARS tokens in the MARS/UST liquidity bootstrapping auction to receive additional MARS tokens 

Users who don’t add their MARS airdrop to the bootstrapping auction will be able to claim and transfer their MARS tokens once Phase 1 and Phase 2 are complete and the protocol fully launches on or around Mar. 7, 2022. Airdrop recipients will be able to claim their tokens for up to three months after the launch of Mars. Any unclaimed tokens will be returned to the Martian Council — a DAO of xMARS token holders.

Mars Protocol Phase 1: The Lockdrop

Mars will launch with a “lockdrop” mechanism similar to the one pioneered by Astroport.

The lockdrop will work as follows: users will be able to lock UST in Mars’ Red Bank in exchange for an upfront distribution of MARS tokens which are claimable once Mars launches. The locked UST deposits will help Mars bootstrap liquidity for one of its most important markets: UST.

Phase 1 will last seven days. Users can participate in the lockdrop at any time during the first five days of the seven days by locking UST in the Red Bank. 

Starting on day 6, no new deposits will be accepted and only limited withdrawals will be allowed from days 6–7. This unique model limits manipulation by “whales” who may deposit large amounts of UST to discourage deposits by others only to withdraw the majority of their UST before the deposit deadline is reached.

During the first five days of Phase 1, participants will be able to freely withdraw any or all of their deposited UST. Starting from day 6, participants will only be able to withdraw up to 50% of the UST deposited during the initial five-day period.

During day 7, each participant’s withdrawal allowance will fall linearly from 50% to 0%. By the end of the day, no more withdrawals will be allowed and participation levels will be fixed.

However, it’s crucial to note that during days 6–7, users who wish to reduce their participation in the lockdrop will only be able to withdraw UST one time (multiple withdrawals are not allowed). This phase will run from February 21–28, 2022 (‘Phase 1’). 

Users participating in the lockdrop must lock their UST in the Red Bank for at least 3 months. The longer a user locks their UST (in three-month increments up to 18 months), the more MARS tokens they will receive. Specifically, the longer the lockup, the higher the boost a given user will receive and thus, the more MARS rewards they will receive.

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It’s notable to know that a user may have multiple positions with different locks. In that case, the Boosted UST for that particular user would be the sum of (UST Deposited * Lock Boost) for each of the user’s locking positions.

With the launch of Mars Protocol, lockdrop participants will earn interest (in the form of token rewards) from the Mars protocol like any other Mars depositor, based on the applicable rates determined by the protocol. Please note that you will not be able to use your lockdrop deposit as collateral for borrowing. When your lock expires, you will be able to reclaim your UST in the form of maUST, which represents UST deposited in the Red Bank. From there, you can immediately use it as collateral for borrowing or withdraw it as UST.

Note: Participation in Phase 1 involves significant technical risks and uncertainties. 

Mars Protocol Phase 2: The MARS/UST Liquidity Bootstrapping Auction

Phase 2 will run from February 28-March 7, 2022. During these seven days, users will be able to commit MARS and/or UST to the bootstrapping auction and thus participate in a user auction of the MARS that was obtained by users in the Airdrop or Phase 1. 

By the end of the bootstrapping auction, all committed tokens (MARS and UST) will be used to initialize a MARS-UST liquidity pool on Astroport. In this sense, the bootstrapping auction acts as a price discovery mechanism for MARS tokens, which means they will act as a value discovery for Mars governance (the Martian Council). Specifically, the bootstrapping auction will work as follows:

  • For MARS participants:

They will be able to commit MARS tokens to the pool during the first 3 days. Note that the only MARS tokens available for Phase 2 will be those granted to lockdrop participants and airdrop recipients (during Phase 2 these two groups won’t be able to claim or transfer their MARS but only commit them to the pool; alternatively they could wait for the end of Phase 2 to claim their tokens).

The decision to commit MARS to the pool is irreversible; once committed there’s no going back.

  • For UST participants:

They will be able to freely deposit and withdraw for the first 5 days (the additional 2 days given to UST depositors allows for fair price discovery given that these depositors will know the exact amount of MARS they are bidding for).

On the 6th day, they will only be able to withdraw up to 50% of their committed UST. During the 7th day, the amount of UST they will be able to withdraw will decrease linearly to 0.

Note that users will be able to participate with both tokens (MARS and UST) if they so desire.

As was said before, by the end of Phase 2, all assets committed to the bootstrapping auction will be used to initialize the MARS-UST pool on Astroport. One result of this dynamic is that at the end of the bootstrapping auction, participants will have a claim on MARS-UST LP shares, rather than any single asset (for example, a user who deposits UST will have a claim on MARS-UST LP shares by the end of the LBA). These LP shares would be initially locked and vested Linearly for 90 days.

In exchange for participating in the auction, users will receive a share of 10,000,000 MARS tokens. Half of these tokens (5,000,000) will be distributed to MARS participants and the other half to UST participants. Both will be distributed in proportion to the user’s commitment.

Note that pool participants will also be earning ongoing liquidity mining rewards, as will be explored in the next section.

Note: Participation in Phase 2 involves significant technical risks and uncertainties. Please carefully review the “Disclaimers” section on the protocol website page for important information about the nature of such risks, the practical irreversibility of the relevant blockchain transactions, and the absence of reliable or readily available remedies for any loss or impairment of tokens or other damages you might suffer by participating in Phase 2.

MARS-UST Ongoing LP Rewards

10,000,000 MARS tokens will be distributed during the first year of the protocol’s launch to users who provide liquidity to the MARS-UST pool on Astroport. These tokens will be distributed evenly (block by block) throughout the year. As was mentioned above, bootstrapping auction participants will also earn these rewards while their tokens remain in the pool.

The ongoing LP rewards will begin at launch.

Red Bank UST Deposit Ongoing Rewards

At launch, there will be no MARS rewards for UST depositors. All else being equal, the more UST locked during the lockdrop, the fewer ongoing rewards for UST deposits are needed. In a similar vein (all else being equal), the more UST demanded from the Red Bank, the more ongoing UST rewards are needed.

To this end, the decision to activate UST depositor rewards will be left to the discretion of the Martian Council once Mars launches. It is expected that this approach will result in a better outcome that optimizes the use of MARS rewards.


We believe Mars Protocol will be the foundation for a new constellation of not just financial products but of governance and collaboration, too. Mars protocol aims to seed life on a new planet, one that takes the best of the old world and uses it to build something radically new.

By reading this article, you should have been able to know a different way to be eligible for and claim Mars protocol airdrop.

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