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Rubik's cube solving



This page explains how to solve a 6x6x6 cube.

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

The even cubes are initially easy to solve, but you'll potentially encounter parity problems
you'll have to fix. For the 6x6x6 there are 6 possible parity problem states. Fortunately, you
only need to remember 3 series of moves, where 2 of them resemble each other closely.
Unfortunately, there is one parity problem that involves very difficult to understand/remember
steps.

Each side is made up of 16 centers, 16 edges, and 4 corners. With 6 sides this makes for 96
centers, 96 edges, and 24 corners, for a grand total of 216 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 96 + 48 + 8 = 152 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.

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


Steps to solve the 6x6x6 cube

Do the top center and the bottom center Step 1
Result
Do 2 of the 4 side centers Step 2
Result
Do the inner centers Step 3
Result
Do the inner corners Step 4
Result
Do the center wings Step 5a
3L  F'  2L  F  3L'  F'  2L'
Step 5b
3R'  F  2R'  F'  3R  F  2R
Step 5c
Result
Swap 3 inner wings

Make sure the LB and UB blocks are correct so you can place 2 blocks per move
Step 7a
3L'  F'  L'  F  3L
Step 7b
Example result
Only do the following parity fix if your cube looks like this Step 8
3R  U2  3R  U2  3R  U2  3R  U2  3R
Swap 3 outer wings

Make sure the LB and UB blocks are correct so you can place 2 blocks per move
Step 9a
2L'  F'  L'  F  2L
Step 09b
Result
Only do the following parity fix if your cube looks like this

Then swap 3 outer wings
Step 10
2R  U2  2R  U2  2R  U2  2R  U2  2R
Solve the cube as a 3x3x3 Step 11a Step 11b
Result
Only do the following parity fix if your cube looks like this

Then solve the cube as a 3x3x3
Step 12a
2R2  U2  2R2  2U2  2R2  2U2
Step 12b
2R2  U2  2R2  2U2  2R2  2U2
Step 12c
2R2  U2  2R2  2U2  2R2  2U2
Only do the following parity fix if your cube looks like this

Then solve the cube as a 3x3x3
Step 12d
3R2  B2  U2  3L  U2  3R'  U2  3R  U2  F2  3R  F2  3L'  B2  3R2