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Free to Mint NFTs are nothing new. In fact, they have been around for a while, with some OG NFT collections like CryptoPunks being free to mint. Nonetheless, free to mint NFTs recently came under the limelight after the success of So what exactly are free to mint NFTs and what are some of the top collections in this category?
As the name implies, free to mint NFTs are a type of NFT drop where projects release NFTs at no cost, except for the gas fees needed to mint the NFTs. Mostly, projects of such mints are focusing on secondary sale royalties than primary sales earnings. In other words, every time an NFT in the collection is sold on the secondary market, the team earns a set percentage of royalties.
Needless to say, free to mint NFTs significantly reduce the entry barrier to the NFT space, especially for newbies. As we know, new NFT projects usually charge anywhere between 0.05 to 0.25 ETH per NFT—which is not affordable for everyone. 
Moreover, amid the current Bear market, NFT sales have also dropped, making free mints an attractive option. To add to this, some of these projects become extremely valuable in no time, making it a win-win. This was easily demonstrated by the success of the Goblintown project. 
Let’s take a look at some of the top free to mint NFT collections that dropped recently.
Launched in late May, the Goblintown NFT collection quickly made headlines after hosting a weird Twitter Spaces. The collection features 10,000 hideous-looking Goblins on the Ethereum blockchain. Despite their ridiculous artwork and no apparent roadmap or utility, the NFTs were quick to climb sales charts, leaving many spectators scratching their heads (this writer included). What’s more, the project even flipped some top blue-chip NFT projects!
Currently, Goblintown has the top spot on OpenSea rankings in terms of the last 30 days’ trading volume. Already, the project boasts a 5 ETH floor, raking in over 35,400 ETH in total sales volume. How this free to mint NFT project achieved such tremendous success is anybody’s guess!
Another free to mint NFT project making waves in the NFT space is We Are All Going to Die (WAGDIE). Following in on Goblintown’s footsteps, WAGDIE too shot to fame after posting a creepy recording on Twitter. Not to mention how the WAGDIE team bought a MAYC NFT, only to burn it. The stunt did exactly what they were hoping for—a significant PR boost. 
WAGDIE includes a total of 6,666 NFTs, featuring pixelated, somber humanoids in medieval attires. Taking a cue from Goblintown, WAGDIE offers no roadmap or utility—it doesn’t even have a website! Although the collection was launched on June 3, its sales have already reached nearly $11,000.  
However, the project is under fire for allegedly stealing artwork from the popular game, Magic: The Gathering. It remains to be seen if the project will bounce back. Its average sale price on OpenSea crashed from its early highs around the time that news came out. Even so, its floor price is now 0.29 ETH – better than a majority of NFT collections during this bear market.
The For The Culture NFT project was not only free to mint but went a step further to pay 0.01 ETH to the minters. The official Twitter page of the project reads, “No roadmap, no website. Just for the culture”. Further, its OpenSea bio adds, “If you are reading this sh*t you came for the meme and stayed for the culture. Never underestimate the power of memes fcker.”
The project began when NFT Influencer, Artchick tweeted about an idea of an NFT project that would pay minters 0.01 ETH. Creator Sibel took note and went on to create the For The Culture project. The collection, with 5,000 NFTs, has so far generated 2,100 ETH in sales. 
In May 2022, generative art platform Deca dropped 10,000 free to mint NFTs called The Octagon. Unlike the above projects, The Octagon is packed with utilities. For one, these NFTs work as membership tokens to Deca’s first-of-its-kind metaverse, Decaverse. 
Notably, The Octagon can even become a Decagon. It starts at level 1 and holders can follow simple steps to go up the levels. The more levels the holder unlocks, the more the utilities they receive. Due to its unusual characteristics, the project has even attracted the likes of Cozomo de’ Medici. 
Amid the growing popularity of free to mint NFTs, scams are also becoming an increasing concern. Mostly, these scams use malicious smart contracts where the investors are tricked into parting with their NFTs. Therefore, it’s important to take precautions to avoid free mint NFT scams.
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
All things considered, as with all NFT projects, free to mint NFTs also have their pros and cons. While some legit projects can get you into the NFT ecosystem without burning a hole in your pocket, others can be a scam or fail to pick up. At the end of the day, make sure to do your own research before making any investment decisions. 
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Reethu Ravi is a journalist based in India, covering environment, sustainability, tech and innovation. When not found between the pages of a book, she can be seen catching up on the latest developments in the tech world. A naval architect-turned journalist, she loves bringing stories of change and innovation to the limelight.

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