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Stake Validation Height

Stake Validation Height (SVH) is one of the Blockchain Parameters.

SVH is the height at which votes are required to add a new block to the top of the blockchain. On mainnet, the SVH is 4,096. This means the first 4,096 blocks created by Proof-of-Work (PoW) miners were created without including votes from Proof-of-Stake (PoS) voters. All blocks mined after block 4,096 must include at least 3 votes, otherwise they will not be considered valid by consensus rules.

The SVH is the first block that will be voted on, but will include in itself no votes. This is because tickets vote to approve or disapprove the previous block, not the block they have been included in.

The existence of SVH allows the ticket pool to grow towards its target size before voting begins. If voting were to begin as soon as the Stake Enabled Height were reached, the opportunity for participants to purchase tickets would be significantly reduced. This could create a scenario where the ticket pool is emptied and the chain is permenantly stalled due to a lack of votes.

The value for SVH varies per environment:

Stake Validation Height
Mainnet 4096
Testnet 768
Simnet 144
Regnet 144