19 Mar, 24

What are Wrapped Tokens?

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Wrapped tokens are an important solution in the world of cryptocurrency, designed to foster interoperability between different blockchains. By creating a bridge between disparate blockchain networks, wrapped tokens enable cryptocurrencies from one blockchain to be used and operated on another, despite the original blockchain’s technical limitations.

At its core, a wrapped token is a type of cryptocurrency that represents a pegged equivalent value of another cryptocurrency on a different blockchain. This concept is akin to wrapping a physical asset into a digital form, allowing it to operate seamlessly on platforms and ecosystems beyond its native environment. The primary purpose of wrapped tokens is to ensure interoperability and liquidity across various blockchain networks, enhancing the functionality and utility of existing cryptocurrencies.

Understanding Wrapped Tokens

Wrapped tokens work by representing a cryptocurrency from one blockchain on another blockchain. The most notable example is Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC), which allows Bitcoin to be used within the Ethereum ecosystem. This process involves locking the original assets in a digital vault and issuing an equivalent amount of the new tokens on the target blockchain, which can then be used in decentralized finance (DeFi) applications, traded, lent, or borrowed​​​​.

The Role of Wrapped Tokens in DeFi

Wrapped tokens have found a significant use case in the decentralized finance (DeFi) sector. By bridging different blockchains, they enable a wider range of assets to participate in the DeFi ecosystem, thereby increasing liquidity and capital efficiency on DeFi platforms. Users can wrap assets from blockchains like Bitcoin and use them in Ethereum-based DeFi applications, taking advantage of Ethereum’s smart contracts and lending protocols​​.

Benefits and Limitations

The main advantages of using wrapped tokens include improved liquidity, enhanced interoperability between blockchains, and access to DeFi services across platforms. However, the process relies on trusted custodians to hold the original assets, which introduces a centralized point of potential failure. Despite this, wrapped tokens are pivotal in bridging assets between blockchains, facilitating a more interconnected and efficient cryptocurrency landscape​​.


Wrapped tokens represent a critical development in the cryptocurrency space, addressing the long-standing issue of interoperability between blockchains. By enabling the free flow of assets across different networks, they not only enhance the utility and efficiency of the crypto ecosystem but also pave the way for the next generation of blockchain innovation and integration.


  1. What is a Wrapped Token?
    • A wrapped token is a cryptocurrency that represents another cryptocurrency on a different blockchain, enabling interoperability and functionality across blockchain networks.
  2. How do Wrapped Tokens Work?
    • Wrapped tokens involve locking the original cryptocurrency in a digital vault and issuing a new token on a different blockchain that represents the original asset’s value.
  3. What is the most popular example of a Wrapped Token?
    • Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC) is the most prominent example, allowing Bitcoin to be used on the Ethereum blockchain.
  4. Why are Wrapped Tokens important for DeFi?
    • They enhance liquidity, interoperability, and access to DeFi applications across different blockchains, facilitating a more integrated and efficient cryptocurrency ecosystem.
  5. What are the limitations of Wrapped Tokens?
    • The process requires trust in custodians who hold the original assets, introducing a potential centralized point of failure in an otherwise decentralized system.

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