Manta Network Partners with Ultiverse to Launch zkSBT: zkGuardians

Manta Network
3 min readMay 25


Manta Network, the fastest zero-knowledge layer one protocol focused on on-chain privacy, is pleased to announce a partnership with Ultiverse, a metaverse platform that offers a variety of user experiences, to launch its zkSBT for the Ultiverse community. Through this partnership, Manta Network will provide Ultiverse community members with the ability to mint zkGuardians, which are private soul-bound tokens (zkSBTs) that allow users to verify their real identities without compromising any information or data leakage about their on-chain activity.

zkGuardians (and zkSBTs in general) are a key part of Manta Network’s vision for a more private and secure Web3. By providing users with a way to verify their identities without revealing their wallet addresses, zkGuardians help to protect users from privacy attacks and fraud. Additionally, zkGuardians can be used to access a variety of Manta Network ecosystem projects, including MantaPay, Manta Wallet, and NPO.

Ultiverse is a perfect partner for Manta Network because it shares the same commitment to privacy and security. Ultiverse is building a metaverse that is open, inclusive, and accessible to everyone. By partnering with Manta Network, Ultiverse is taking a major step towards making its metaverse the most private and secure in the world.

Qualifying & Minting your zkGuardians

To mint a zkGuardian, Ultiverse community members must first hold a Meta Merge Pet, Ultiverse-Moonlight, or ElectricSheep NFT. Once they have an eligible NFT, they can mint a zkGuardian by visiting the Manta Network NPO platform. You can follow the instructions here.

Get/verify your eligible NFTs:

The Existing On-Chain Identity Problem

With the current state of public blockchains, every on-chain action is recorded, immutable, and fully transparent. While this transparency was originally necessary to provide trustless verifiability, it created many issues around surveillance, non-consenting data access, and, ultimately, an infringement on user safety and security when performing actions on-chain. Fortunately, Manta Network’s implementation of zero-knowledge proofs enables the same on-chain trustless verifiability without the necessity of full on-chain transparency. As a result, users are able to benefit from a seamless, modular privacy experience.

Manta Network’s research into zero-knowledge proof circuits has been implemented into one of its flagship platforms, the NPO, allowing users to mint zkSBTs. zkSBTs are on-chain, verifiable credentials that offer a trustless layer of privacy. Combined with proof keys, users can verify their ownership of zkSBTs without even connecting a wallet, enabling a seamless and modular privacy experience when interacting with applications.

About Manta Network

Manta Network is the zk layer 1 blockchain with the fastest prover speed and most decentralized trusted setup that brings programmable privacy to web3. Its suite of core products and technologies, including zkNFTs and MantaPay, offers user-friendly access to powerful ZK-enabled use cases.

The project is created by a team of experienced founders from prestigious institutions, including Harvard, MIT, and Algorand. The team began its research on Zero Knowledge Proof in 2019 during a cross-border payment research project under the MIT Digital Currency Initiative with the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Manta Network has received investments from many of the top web3 investment funds, including Binance Labs and Polychain Capital. It has grown through participation in the best web3 accelerators, including Alliance DAO and Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator. Manta Network is poised to bring the next generation of web3 users and usher in a new chapter of privacy-focused web3 applications.

About Ultiverse

Ultiverse is committed to constructing a metaverse platform on web3 that offers a wide range of user experiences. Using MetaFi and cutting-edge Dapps, Ultiverse aims to create a diverse and inclusive community of users. The platform will feature a matrix of different media, including virtual reality, to offer users an immersive experience. Similar to the “Oasis” from “Ready Player One,” Ultiverse’s metaverse platform will be a dynamic and interactive space that allows for creativity and exploration.