# Restore a validator

A validator can be completely restored on a new Terra node with the following set of keys:

• The Consensus key, stored in ~/.terra/config/priv_validator.json
• The mnemonic to the validator wallet
🔥danger

Before proceeding, ensure that the existing validator is not active. Double voting has severe slashing consequences.

To restore a validator:

1. Setup a full Terra node synced up to the latest block.
2. Replace the ~/.terra/config/priv_validator.json file of the new node with the associated file from the old node, then restart your node.