How much capital do you need to become a day trader?
Legally, you need at least $25,000USD because of the PDT rule. PDT = Pattern Day Trade, which is the SEC definition. A pattern day trader is a trader who executes 4 or more day trades in 5 business days.
Ideally, $30,000+ because $25k is the legal —but what happens if you have $25k and then lose $1? This will give you a $5k buffer.