MAYAChain's value proposition for Swappers.

On MAYAChain, users can swap their digital assets for other digital assets. The network aims to give users access to:

  • A large variety of assets through cross-chain compatibility and simple asset listing

  • Superior user experience through open finance protocols and permissionless access

  • 1-transaction access to fast chains (Dash), smart chains (Ethereum, Kujira), and censorship-resistant chains (Bitcoin).

How Swaps Work

Available Assets

Users can swap any assets which are on connected chains and which have been added to the network. Users can swap from any connected asset to any other connected asset. They can also swap from any connected asset to CACAO.

Learn more about how chains and assets get added to the network in the Governance section.

To add an asset to MAYAChain, users simply deposit a new asset to put it in the queue for listing. Swaps can only be made on pools when they have been added to the network and have moved out of the bootstrap phase.


MAYAChain manages the swaps in accordance with the rules of the state machine - which is completely autonomous. Every swap that it observes is finalised, ordered and processed. Invalid swaps are refunded, valid swaps ordered in a transparent way that is resistant to front-running. Validators can not influence the order of trades, and are punished if they fail to observe a valid swap.

Swaps are completed as fast as they can be confirmed, which is around 5-10 seconds.

Continuous Liquidity Pools

Swaps on MAYAChain are made possible by liquidity pools. These are pools of assets deposited by Liquidity providers, where each pool consists of 1 connected asset, for example Bitcoin, and MAYAChain's own asset, CACAO. They're called Continuous Liquidity Pools because CACAO, being in each pool, links all pools together in a single, continuous liquidity network.

When a user swaps 2 connected assets on MAYAChain, they swap between two pools:

  1. Swap to CACAO in the first pool,

  2. Move that CACAO into the second pool,

  3. Swap to the desired asset in the second pool with the CACAO from (2)

The MAYAChain state machine handles this swap in one go, so the user never handles CACAO.

See this example for further detail and the page below for broader detail on Continuous Liquidity Pools.

pageLiquiditypageGetting Started

Calculating Swap Output

The output of a swap can be worked out using the formula

y=xYX(x+X)2y = \frac{ xYX} {(x+X)^2 }


  • x is input asset amount

  • X is input asset balance

  • y is output asset amount

  • Y is output asset balance


The BTC.CACAO pool has 100 BTC and 2.5 million CACAO. A user swaps 1 BTC into the pool. Calculate how much CACAO is output:

1βˆ—2500000βˆ—100(1+100)2=24,507.40\frac {1 * 2500000 * 100 } {(1 + 100)^2} = 24,507.40

This user swaps 1 BTC for 24,507.40 CACAO.


The cost of a swap is made up of two parts:

  1. Outbound Fee

  2. Price Slippage

All swaps are charged a network fee. The network fee is dynamic – it's calculated by averaging a set of recent gas prices. Learn more about Network Fees.

Note that users who force their swaps through quickly cause large slips and pay larger fees to liquidity providers.

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