Flare Network with its Spark (FLR) tokens is a new blockchain protocol that is scheduled to launch sometime in 2021. As part of the initial distribution, the network’s native token called Spark (FLR) will be distributed for free to current XRP-holders. Basically, if you own XRP from before 20th December 2020, the Flare network will airdrop free Spark (FLR) tokens to you.
What is this all about?
As I don’t own any of the websites mentioned in the steps below, I am in no way responsible for your crypto, secret, wallet, blockchain, security or thought process etc. Those are all your actions and interactions and you make them at your own risk. I will say that I have successfully followed all the steps mentioned below and was able to make two lots of claims for Spark (FLR) tokens.
Some basic assumptions
The assumptions made in this blog post is that you own a Ledger Nano S or X hardware wallet and have the Ledger Live app on your Windows PC and you know your way around both hardware wallet and software app. At no point does this article refer to an exchange. If you are working off an exchange and following these instructions, you are doomed to fail and possibly lose your crypto, so be warned. I am also assuming you know what Spark (Flare Network tokens) are, if not visit https://docs.xrptoolkit.com/claim-spark-tokens and read all about it. I am also not using any screenshots as I do not want to reveal any of my crypto addresses.
Let us begin.
On your Ledger Nano S or X
- Open the Ledger Live app on Windows and under accounts, create a new Ethereum account and give it a name (e.g. My Ethereum Spark (Flare) account. Then do the following:
- Click into the account.
- Click on Receive.
- Copy the wallet address (this will be the address the Spark (Flare) will be sent to.
- Verify that the shared address exactly matches your device. (Approve or reject).
- Quit the Ledger Live app. (This is important, if you don’t quit the app, you’ll experience a problem when trying to open the XRP Toolkit).
- Acknowledge all the disclaimers (five of them). Click continue.
- Select option 2B. Don’t use XUMM. Click Continue.
- Under step 3 Generate ETH compatible account (optional) – select ‘Skip this step, I own an ETH compatible account & own the secret‘.
- Paste your Ethereum wallet address from On your Ledger Nano S or X step 1.3 into the box and click Next.
- Under Confirm account ownership on the XRPL, copy the long number starting with 020000000000….
- Open the XRP Toolkit in a new browser tab and connect to your Ledger Nano S or X wallet. (This will only work if you have closed the Ledger Live app). Once you’ve connected you should see your XRP wallet address with a checkmark next to it. If you have multiple XRP wallets on your Ledger Nano X or S, then select the appropriate XRP wallet.
- In the menu bar of the XRP Toolkit, go to the Account and select the Properties menu item.
- Paste the long value (copied in step 5 above) into the Message Key and click Update.
- After a few seconds, you will see a pop-up appear in the bottom right of the screen saying “Transaction succeeded – Your transaction has been validated“.
- Click back to the flare.wieste.com website and click Next on step 6. Now you’ll see a message under the heading Wait to receive your Spark tokens – Congratulations – Now you will have to wait until Flare Networks sends you your Spark tokens on the Flare network. Please monitor the Flare Networks Twitter account and website for news & updates. You can check if your account is set up correctly at: bithomp.com (
Flare address) or xrpscan.com (
Flare Spark distribution) by looking up your account.
- Paste in your XRP address from your Ledger Nano S or X.
- The account summary will appear showing various bits of information.
- Under the heading Flare Spark distribution, you will see your Flare Address and your Spark Claim.
Troubleshooting NOT ELIGIBLE – This account may not be eligible for Spark distribution because it’s part of an excluded group (Ripple, Non participating exchanges, activated post snapshot et al.).
Note: If you see the words “NOT ELIGIBLE – This account may not be eligible for Spark distribution because its part of an excluded group (Ripple, Non participating exchanges, activated post snapshot et al.).” it could mean you purchased your XRP after 20 December 2020, in which case you have missed out.
Another possible explanation which I figured out after receiving the same message.
I knew I had purchased my XRP a couple of years ago. The problem was that in March of 2021, I bought a Ledger Nano X and moved my XRP from the Ledger Nano S to the Ledger Nano X, which meant the XRP wallet on the Ledger Nano X was newer than the 20th of December 2020, and that is why it threw up the message NOT ELIGIBLE. To solve the problem, I moved my XRP from my Ledger Nano X back to the Ledger Nano S and then used the old XRP wallet to claim the Flare Spark tokens. And it worked. Once I receive the Flare Spark, I will move the XRP back to the newer wallet.