Thetanuts Finance: $NUTS Reveal

Thetanuts Finance
6 min readMay 8, 2024


In December 2023, we announced the launch of the Thetanuts Finance v3 Upgrade — which saw Thetanuts Finance pivot from being DeFi Option Vault (“DOV”) protocol, into a decentralized on-chain options protocol focused on altcoin options.

2024 also saw some other significant milestones:
• 3y since the launch of Thetanuts Finance v0.
• Achieving lifetime peak Total Notional Sold and TVL.
• 6mo since the launch of Thetanuts Finance Incentivized Alpha.
• Launch of our LRT Strategy Vaults allowing users to generate additional yields on their LRT assets.

These milestones allowed us to catapult ourselves to becoming the #1 DeFi Options Protocol by TVL per Defillama, something that the team has spent more than a year working on.

As such, we believe that it is now time to reveal $NUTS — the Governance token of Thetanuts Finance, and unveil the next step of our journey to build the leading DeFi options protocol.

Revealing $NUTS

Token Utility

$NUTS is the governance token of the Thetanuts Finance ecosystem, and will be used to achieve the long-term objectives of the protocol — including decentralization, governance, and incentives.

Holders will enjoy the following token utilities:

  • veTokenomics & Gauge Voting: $NUTS can be staked to become $veNUTS at a 1:1 ratio — with holders of $veNUTS being able to participate in gauge voting for every component within the Thetanuts Finance ecosystem.
  • Governance & Decentralization: Holders of $veNUTS will be able to participate in governing Thetanuts Finance toward its long-term objectives.
  • Value Accrual: Fees earned by Thetanuts Finance will be accrued to the Treasury, in which the Thetanuts Finance DAO will have control over once governance is live.
  • Boosted Emissions: Holders can further lock their $veNUTS to receive up to 1.5x Boosted Emissions on their liquidity incentives on Thetanuts Finance.

$NUTS can be staked to become $veNUTS at a 1:1 ratio, which can be linearly vested to become liquid $NUTS subject to a 90-day vesting period. $veNUTS holders will enjoy the features of being a member of the Thetanuts Finance community. $veNUTS can be locked up to 12 months for Boosted Emissions for providing liquidity on Thetanuts Finance, during which $veNUTS cannot be vested.

Token Distribution

$NUTS (ERC-20) will have a maximum supply of 10,000,000,000 tokens, and will have an initial circulating supply of ~7.5%.

The token distribution of $NUTS will be as follows:

  • Community: 43.5%
  • Investors: 11.9%
  • Team: 20%
  • Treasury: 20.1%
  • Airdrop Season 1: 3.0%
  • Public Sale: 1.0%
  • Initial Liquidity: 0.5%

Liquidity Incentives

$NUTS will be used to achieve the long-term objectives of the protocol — including incentivizing liquidity on the core components of Thetanuts Finance v3. To ensure that incentives are directed toward long-term members of the community, Thetanuts Finance referenced and received inspiration from Curve’s pioneering vote-escrow model.

Liquidity incentives on Thetanuts Finance will be distributed in $veNUTS at the end of every epoch on Ethereum Mainnet, with $veNUTS becoming immediately productive after being claimed. To qualify for $veNUTS incentives, a user must also maintain a threshold in dLP relative to their TVL on Thetanuts Finance v3 throughout the epoch.

Holders of $veNUTS can receive up to 1.5x Boosted Emissions on their liquidity incentives on Thetanuts Finance when they lock their $veNUTS. This Boost Value can be calculated below. Users can choose to lock $veNUTS beyond their $veNUTS Lockable Threshold, but the user’s Boost Value will be still based on the $veNUTS Lockable Threshold.

Boost Value (capped at 1.5x Boost) = User Locked $veNUTS / $veNUTS Lockable Threshold * time weight * dLP weight;
where $veNUTS Lockable Threshold = User TVL on Thetanuts Finance / Total TVL on Thetanuts Finance * Circulating Locked $veNUTS

Inspired by Curve, liquidity incentives are expected to be distributed over an extended period of time — with 99% of liquidity incentives being distributed after >65 years. Specifically, emissions are reduced by a factor of 2 ^ (1 / 512) each week similar to Curve.

Dynamic Liquidity Provisioning

Liquidity pools on AMMs are essential for on-chain liquidity, enabling users to trade the native tokens of protocols (inc. $NUTS) in a permissionless manner. Users can provide liquidity to $NUTS pools on Uniswap v2 — thereby improving liquidity and depth for on-chain trading of $NUTS, while being eligible for fees on Uniswap v2 and $veNUTS emissions. Users can add $ETH or $NUTS on Ethereum Mainnet — which is then deposited into Uniswap v2’s $NUTS/$ETH liquidity pool in a 50/50 composition.

$NUTS Token Airdrop

We designed the $NUTS token airdrop in line with a number of considerations specific to Thetanuts Finance.

  • Thetanuts Finance has been live since November 2021.
  • The v3 Upgrade in December 2023 marked the start of the v3 Incentivized Alpha on Arbitrum, where users providing Trading Volume and TVL would be rewarded.
  • We have had over >100,000 interactions on our campaigns on Galxe, Layer3, and Zealy.
  • We launched LRT Strategy Vaults in March 2024.

Based on the above, we believe that the below criteria is most suitable in determining airdrop allocations.

Criteria 1: Historical TVL Contribution to Thetanuts Finance Basic Vaults

1.0% of $NUTS will be allocated to users who have interacted with Thetanuts Finance contracts since our inception and up until the v3 Incentivised Alpha. Users were measured based on their time-weighted TVL contribution from Nov 2021 to Dec 2023 in determining allocations in this tranche.

Criteria 2: Trading Volume Contribution to Thetanuts Finance v3

0.5% of $NUTS will be allocated to users based on their Trading Volume contribution on the v3 Incentivised Alpha. Actions that had impact on TVL contribution were Longs and Shorts.

Criteria 3: TVL Contribution to Thetanuts Finance v3

1.3% of $NUTS will be allocated to users based on their time-weighted TVL contribution.

  • Within the v3 Incentivized Alpha, actions that had impact on TVL contribution include Shorts, Boost, Add Liquidity, and Lend.
  • Within our LRT Strategy Vaults, users with TVL contribution on Ethereum Mainnet and Arbitrum were also rewarded.

Criteria 4: Participated in Thetanuts Finance’s Galxe, Layer3, and Zealy Campaigns

0.2% of $NUTS will be allocated to users that have participated in Thetanuts Finance’s quests on Galxe, Layer3, and Zealy campaigns.

Recipients will receive their rewards as $veNUTS, a staked representation of $NUTS — with users enjoying the features of being a member of the Thetanuts Finance community. $veNUTS will be subject to a vesting period to be unlocked for $NUTS — which is currently expected to be 3 months, although $veNUTS can be unlocked for NUTS immediately for a haircut.


Do note that the Snapshot has not yet been taken, and that $NUTS is coming Soon™! Feel free to reach us on our Twitter and Discord if you have any questions, and stay tuned for upcoming updates.


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