wstETH is now accessible on Base and users can deposit their wstETH to Base via Superbridge - the DAO-supported UI for bridging wstETH on Base using a native bridge. wstETH will also become available on the Base Bridge in the upcoming weeks.
Bridging to Base
The bridging process is straightforward, allowing you to transfer your staked ETH to Base in just a few minutes. Here's how it works:
Visit superbridge.app/base and connect your wallet.
Choose the amount of wstETH you want to deposit.
Approve the Base Bridge to interact with your tokens if asked. This will require a small gas fee to make the approval.
Confirm the info and sign the Deposit transaction. You can check the transaction status in the Activity page.
Voila - it's that simple.
The waiting time is typically a few minutes, after which point your wstETH will be available for use throughout the Base ecosystem. If you can’t see your wstETH on the wallet, please refresh the list or add wstETH into the wallet.
Withdrawing from Base
A complete withdrawal requires 3 transactions in total (one on Base and two on Ethereum) and takes approximately 7 days due to a security feature designed to help secure Base. You can track your withdrawal progress on the Activity page.
Switch to the Withdraw tab on superbridge.app/base and connect your wallet. Before starting the withdrawal, make sure you switch to Base network.
Submit your withdrawal. Choose wstETH in the token list and the withdrawal amount, hit ‘Withdraw’ and confirm you want to withdraw. You will need ETH on Base to pay gas.
Verify your withdrawal. After the withdrawal request is proposed (within 2 hours), you have to complete the verification process with your wallet on the Activity page by clicking ‘Verify’ under your transaction. Make sure your wallet is connected to the Ethereum network.
Complete the withdrawal. After about 7 days, claim your asset by clicking ‘Complete’ next to the transaction.
If you want to handle your withdrawal in one click, enable Easy mode when initialising the withdrawal. SuperBridge will complete the further transactions for you and charge a small fee. To learn more, visit docs.superbridge.app/optimism/easy-mode.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find answers to the most common questions.
What is wstETH?
wstETH (wrapped stETH) is a non-rebasing version of Lido's stETH where your balance remains constant and network rewards accrue in the form of increased wstETH price (unlike stETH, where your balance increases on a daily basis).
How do I get wstETH?
To get wstETH, you can wrap your stETH or ETH on stake.lido.fi/wrap.
Are there any bridging fees?
Network fees are required to pay for the gas costs on Ethereum and Base. There are no extra fees specifically for using Base Bridge.
How long does it take to bridge?
Depositing to Base typically takes a few minutes. Withdrawing from Base to Ethereum takes approximately 7 days due to a security feature designed to help secure Base.
How do I bridge back to Ethereum?
As designed, bridging back to Ethereum requires 3 steps and takes about 7 days after the verification.
Can I cancel the action of bridging back to Ethereum?
No, it is not possible to cancel it after you have submitted the bridging request.
Why does it take 7 days to withdraw?
The seven-day duration for the bridge is established as a security measure within the OP Stack and serves as a challenge period.