This year the NFT trend is still on the up and opportunities are everywhere for savvy investors looking to hit the jackpot in 2022. In this article we bring you five of the most anticipated NFT projects this year, in no particular order.

NFT trend took the market by storm in 2021 as mainstream attention and investment poured into the nascent non-fungible token (NFT) sector, making many investors happy and some even millionaires if they got into the right projects.

Bored Apes

BAYC is a collection of 10,000 Bored Ape NFTs – unique digital collectibles stored as ERC-721 tokens on the Ethereum blockchain and hosted on IPFS. But far from just looking cool or cute like other meme coins, Bored Apes give their owners tangible benefits that add real value to having them in your wallet.

It is fitting to start with Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC), a project that has managed to capture the imagination of the NFT community and inspire hundreds of clones. Meme coins of the recent past proved that it’s always a good idea to start with something ‘memeable’ and Bored Apes, on the surface, falls into that category.

Needless to say, the unprecedented success of Bored Apes – which are still consistently selling for between $350k to $420k apiece – means investors are now furiously searching for the next big NFT moonshot.

Ugly Frens

A character called ‘Jaja’ appears to be discovering itself – its body parts, its facial expressions, its likes and dislikes – via cute and strange tweets that reveal the tone of Ugly Frens a little bit more each day. An intriguing marketing approach pushes a narrative that you have to be ugly to be ‘frens’ in this community. It’s a little sad, a little silly, but it’s fun, and it might just be a sleeper hit in the making.

Taking a more original turn, the next project that could become a smash hit in 2022 is Ugly Frens. This does not look like your average NFT project. Still very new with a 10,000-strong Twitter account that only launched in March this year, the team has been teasing what the project is about with a fun and unique take on the “oddball meme” genre.

To date there has been a campaign push to grow their Discord community, with 20 free Ugly Frens NFT mints already given away. Don’t take your eye off this one!


DeGods is building an ecosystem for buying, selling, and minting blue-chip NFTs. By staking DeGods NFTs to earn $DUST tokens, DeGods can then be converted into DeadGods using $DUST while keeping the same NFT attributes. The ultimate purpose is for DeadGods art to sell at auction houses, and they currently have an average price of 372 SOL on Magic Eden.

DeGods is one of the top NFT projects on Solana is the irreverent DeGods, a death-themed deflationary collection of degenerates, punks, and misfits. DeGods brand themselves as gods of the metaverse and masters of their own universe, and are not messing around with niceties.

And rounding off the power of DeGods NFTs is its ‘decentralized monarchy’ – on-chain elections for a group of elite ‘DeMonarchs’ who have shared power over DAO funds and get compensated by a percentage of the DAO royalties, as long as they do their jobs and don’t get voted out by the community.

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