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Rubik's cube solving



This page explains how to solve a 5x5x5 cube.

Every cube of higher order than 3x3x3 involves reducing the cube to a 3x3x3 cube, and then
solving for that.

You'll potentially encounter parity problems you'll have to fix. Luckily, they are easier to
solve than the parity problems of the even cubes.

Each side is made up of 9 centers, 12 edges, and 4 corners. With 6 sides this makes for 54
centers, 72 edges, and 24 corners, for a grand total of 150 faces. Each center is alone, each
edge is paired with 1 other edge, and each corner is paired with 2 other corners. This makes for
a grand total of 54 + 36 + 8 = 98 blocks.

The pictures show you how to go about solving the cube. The solution assumes you have at least
some basic knowledge of how to handle the cube, so not all of the basic steps are shown. Make
sure you always have the exact correct orientation or the supplied moves will not work properly.

Please note that I often choose to include rotatating the outer layer, even though only an inner
layer needs to be rotated. For instance, 2R instead of 2R. This can't always be done, but where
possible it is to make rotating the cube easier.

Remember to first check the General instructions page if you're new to my solutions.


Steps to solve the 5x5x5 cube

Do inner corners of side 1

The cubelet to the lower left of the white center moves away
Step 1a
2R  U'  2R'
Step 1b
2R  U'  2R'
Step 1c
2R2  U'  2R2
Step 1d
Result
Do the inner centers of side 1 Step 2a
2R'  H  2R
Step 2b
Result
Do the inner corners of side 2

The cubelet to the lower left of the yellow center moves away
Step 3a
2R  U'  2R'
Step 3b
2R  U'  2R'
Step 3c
Result
Do the inner centers of side 2 Step 4a
2R'  B  H  B'  2R
Step 4b
Result
Do the inner corners of side 3

The cubelet to the lower left of the blue center moves away
Step 5a
2R  U'  2R'
Step 5b
2R  U'  2R'
Step 5c
2R2  U'  2R2
Step 5d
Result
Do the inner centers of side 3 Step 6a
V'  F'  2L'  F  V  F'  2L
Step 6b
D  V'  F'  2L  F  V  2L'
Step 6c
Result
Do the inner corners of side 4

The cubelet to the lower left of the red center moves away
Step 7a
2R  U'  2R'
Step 7b
2R  U'  2R'
Step 7c
2R2  U'  2R2
Step 7c
Result
Do the inner centers of side 4 Step 8a
V'  F'  2L'  F  V  F'  2L
Step 8b
D  V'  F'  2L  F  V  2L'
Step 8c
Result
Do the inner corners of side 5 and 6

The cubelet to the lower left of the green center moves away
Step 9a
2R  U'  2R'
Step 9b
2R  U'  2R'
Step 9c
Result
Do the inner centers of side 5 and 6 Step 10a
V'  F'  2L'  F  V  F'  2L
Step 10b
Result
Swap 3 wings

Make sure the LB and UB blocks are correct so you can place 2 blocks per move
Step 11a
2L'  F'  L'  F  2L
Step 11b
Result
Only do the following parity fix if your cube looks like this

Then swap 3 wings
Step 12
2R  U2  2R  U2  2R  U2  2R  U2  2R
Solve the cube as a 3x3x3 Step 13a Step 13b
Result