Vader Stablecoin (USDV) Shuts Down – The Reason Why Another Stablecoin Falls

Despite months of research, Vader protocol decides to shut down its stablecoin after failing to find a capital-efficient solution.

Death Vader holding a pink lightsaber dropping down a giant Vader logo.
  • Vader protocol decides to shutdown its stablecoin after failing to find a capital efficient solution despite months of research.
  • USDV and VADER holders have until June 2023 for redemption.

Vader Protocol announced that it is shutting down its stablecoin protocol due to a lack of a capital-efficient stablecoin design. The algorithmic stablecoin protocol will return the protocol-owned funds and team treasury to VADER and USDV holders. Users can redeem their assets from the Vader website, which is available until June 2023. 

What USDV Holders Need to Do

The team’s treasury, comprised of USDC and ETH, will be merkledropped to existing VADER and xVADER holders. In the case of merkledrop, tokens are not distributed directly to any address on a list. Instead, users have to claim their tokens by signing a transaction and paying the gas fees. A snapshot for the merkledrop has already been taken. Any user with more than $1 in USDV or VADER will be eligible for it. 


Additionally, liquidity providers of USDV and VADER on Curve and Uniswap V2 are required to withdraw their liquidity from the respective pools and claim their share of the assets from the Vader website.

The team had an ambitious roadmap to build multiple DeFi primitives around their algorithmic stablecoin, USDV, which would create a flywheel effect making the ecosystem resilient. Still, it failed to generate any significant demand.

In May last year, the protocol underwent a stress test following the collapse of LUNA/UST, which had a market cap of over $18 billion at one point. Since Vader was based on a similar mechanism, the team decided to pause the burn-to-mint mechanism back then and started exploring alternate solutions. The fateful decision to shut down the protocol comes after a failure to find a better solution. This is despite months of research into a more optimal stablecoin design.

On the Flipside

  • Vader’s protocol’s decision to shut down should be seen as an acknowledgment of the risks inherent to algorithmic stablecoins.

Why You Should Care

Stablecoins are the backbone of the crypto industry. Experimentation with different designs should always be encouraged. Last year showed us the impact that a flawed design can have. This has made other stablecoin protocols more aware of the risks in their mechanism.  

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This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

Arjun Mukherjee

Arjun is an analyst and a writer who has been a part of the crypto space since 2017. His primary area of interest is defi and scaling solutions, and likes to read about new protocols in his free time.