Introduction: How to Solve a 5 by 5 by 5 Rubik's Cube

In this Instrucable you'll learn how to solve the 5 by 5 by 5 rubiks cube. First I wanted to say, that I'm german, so f I have any spellingmistakes please tell me. I also wanted to say that I invented all movements at my one exept of the special case.

Step 1: Before You Begin

Before begin Beginning you should know what the movements mean. If there are only the letters turn it clockwise, if there is the letter and ' turn counterclockwise. The directions "FC", "SC" and "UC" will come with arrows (→↓←↑)

Step 2: Scramble

Step 3: Center Cross

It's finally time to start! Just follow the pics.
The algorythmus for the first pic is:
U F l' U'
The algorythmus of the second pic is:
u2

Step 4: Compleating the Centers

Now you'll complete the centers.
The algorythmus of the first pic is:
Ff d f'
The algorythmus of the second pic is :
Rr' d' r
The algorythmus of the third pic is:
r' d2 r d Rr' d' r

Step 5: The "Diament"

Now you'll solve the center edgepieces of the first layer.
The algorythmus of the first pic is:
U'
The algorythmus of the second pic is:
U
The algorythmus of the third pic is:
U' FC← U
The algorythmus of the fourth pic is:
U2

Step 6: The Fat Cross

Now you'll make a fat cross
The algorythmus of the first pic is:
d F d' F'
The algorythmus of the second pic is:
u' F' u2 F
The algorythmus of the third pic is:
F u F'
The algorythmus of the fourth pic is:
F' d F D l D' l' F d' F'
The algorythmus of the fifth pic is:
d' L' d L
The algorythmus of the sixth pic is:
u L u2 L'
The algorythmus of the seventh pic is:
F' d' F
The algorythmus of the eighth pic is:
F d' F' D' r' D r F' d F

Step 7: Finishing the First Layer

It's time to finish the first layer.
The Algorythmus for the first pic is:
F D F'
The Algorythmus for the second pic is:
L' D' L
The Algorythmus for the third pic is:
L' D2 L D L' D' L

Step 8: Centerpieces of the Second Layer

Now you'll start solving the centerpieces of the second layer. You'll have to solve first the edgecenterpieces, then the cornercenterpieces.
The algorithm of the first pic is:
F2 d' F2
The algorithm of the second pic is:
d2 F R d F' d' F d F' d' F R' F'
The algorithm for the third pic is:
d2 F R d F' d' F R' F'
The algorithm for the fourth pic is:
Uu d F' L' d' F d F' d' F d F' L F Uu'
The algorithm for the fifth pic is:
Uu d F' L' d' F d F' L F Uu'

Step 9: Compleating the Second Layer

It's time to compleat the second layer.
The Algorythmus for the first pic is:
D' L' D' L D F D F'
The Algorythmus for the second pic is:
D F D F' D' L' D' L
The algorythmus for the fird pic is:
L' D' L D F D F' D L' D' F D F D F'

Step 10: Centerpieces of the Third Layer

Now you'll solve the centerpieces of the third layer.
The algorythmus of the first pic is:
F' Ll' d' F d F' Ll F
The algorythmus of the second pic is:
d' F Rr d F' d' F Rr' F'

Step 11: Compleating the Third Layer

It's time to compleat the third layer.
The algorythmus of the first pic is:
d R' Ff' d' L d L' Ff L
The algorythmus of the second pic is:
D' F Rr D F' D' F Rr' F'

Step 12: Centerpieces of the Fourth Layer

It's time to start the fourth layer!
The algorythmus of the first pic is:
F Rr UC↑ U UC↓ U2 UC↑ U UC↓ Rr' F'
The algorythmus ofthe second pic is:
l' U2 l U l' U l
The algorythmus of the third pic is:
r U2 r' U' r U' r'

Step 13: Finishing the Fourth Layer

Now you'll finish the fourth layer.
The algorythm for the first pic is:
D' F RrUC D F' D' F RrUC' F'
The algorythm for the second pic is:
UuFC d' F' LlUC' D' F D F' LlUC F

Step 14: Swapping the Cornerpieces

Now it's time to swap cornerpieces. They don't have to be turned correctly, just swaped correctly.
The algorythmus is:
B U B' U' B' R B R'

Step 15: Turning the Cornerpieces

It's time to turn the cornerpieces. The algorythmus is:
L U' L' U L U' L' D L U L' U' L U L' D'

Step 16: Swapping the Center Edgpieces

Now you'll start swapping the edgepieces. It doesn't matter how they are tilted.
The algorythmus is:
UC↑ U' UC↓ U2 UCt U' UC↓

Step 17: Tilting the Center Edgepieces

Now it's Time to tilt the center Edgepieces.
The algorythmus is:
L FC→ L2 FC2 L U' L' FC2 L2 FC← L' U

Step 18: Putting the Rest of the Edgepieces Into the Right Possision

Now comes the most complecated step. You'll have to put the rest of the edgepieces into the right posisson. You'll have to make first edgepiecepairs with opposit colors. You'll have to switch edgepairs to switch the edges correctly. You'll find everything on the pics.
The algorythmus for the first pic is:
r U2 l' U2 l U2 r' U2 l' U2 l U2
The algorythmus for the second pic is:
l' r U' l r' U2 l' r U' l r'

Step 19: Tilting the Edgepiecepairs

Your finally at the last Step! You just have to tilt the edgepiecepairs.
The algorythmus is:
R u' d R2 u2 d2 R U' R' u2 d2 R2 u d' R' U

Step 20: Special Case

You'll sometimes have a special case, that only one edgepair has to be tilted.
The algorythmus is:
r2 B2 U2 l U2 r' U2 r U2 F2 r F2 l' B2 r2

Comments

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GauthamM10 made it! (author)2017-06-06

stuck at step 8...

4th and 5th pic algorithm doesnt work.. :(

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GauthamM10 made it! (author)GauthamM102017-06-07

please help me..

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KennyM28 made it! (author)2016-05-30

step 8? It's not working at all and one of my yellow pieces get misplaced. Is it BC the face I'm doing it on? I can do the 3*3 so I know the basics but this is her complicated and confusing

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GauthamM10 made it! (author)GauthamM102017-06-06

yeah even it doesnt work for me...

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RobertG371 made it! (author)2017-05-08

First, I would like to thank you for the time you put into creating this tutorial. It has been very helpful.

However, the algorithms in Step 9 do not seem to be working. I have tried each of them several times and they do not move the pieces as expected. Further, they seem to mess up pieces I have already solved in the first two layers.

Any advice or updated algorithms would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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Zi ChenC made it! (author)2017-03-24

I am have a lot of trouble overall

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mukund bhambhu made it! (author)2016-01-02

Some steps were wrong but after that all I made it

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TaapasT made it! (author)TaapasT2017-01-12

PLEASE TELL ME HOW

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Sorunome made it! (author)Sorunome2016-01-08

Glad you made it!

Please report any steps that might be incorrect, I might have screwed up algorythms.

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PacLover made it! (author)2016-12-24

what are the correct algo's for step nine?

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AndrewLindsay made it! (author)2016-10-03

having trouble with step 9 anyone have successful algo's for these steps?

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30200mel made it! (author)30200mel2016-12-24

really I'm having trouble with step 2

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TayK2 made it! (author)2016-03-23

Step 3 doesn't seem to work

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Sorunome made it! (author)Sorunome2016-03-23

I think I fixed it, I don't even know how I derped so hard on it, heehee, thanks for pointing it out!

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Madhur-aggarwal made it! (author)Madhur-aggarwal2016-07-30

Please write that we have to turn clockwise or anticlockwise. Horizontals are mostly counters but the verticals are clockwise mostly. Please help this out I think this is the main problem for even one. Reply soon pls

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Tremal made it! (author)2016-05-28

All the algorithms on step 9 are incorrect, however they do change some of the layer 2 edge pieces, just not the ones they are listed as changing and they also change the corner pieces on layer 1.

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Madhur-aggarwal made it! (author)Madhur-aggarwal2016-07-29

i don't know but that step worked fine fine for me...

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Crazedpizza1 made it! (author)2016-06-07

to long

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BenG76 made it! (author)2016-04-18

The steps were great until step 9, where none of the algorithms worked at all. . . A great format and I appreciate the way that you guide through the solving, seems reminiscent of the 3x3.

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instructables fan made it! (author)2016-04-15

I think you missed a few turns in step 9, or I am just really bad at following steps.(which I tend to do a lot). Wouldn't you have to apply more moves in the second picture, as of L' D' L would just take the top back left corner away from the top layer?

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knex akbar made it! (author)2016-04-09

lol these comments, anyways what method do you use for 3x3? and what do you average?

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Sorunome made it! (author)Sorunome2016-04-09

With my self-invented one i got like 42 sec.

Then i looked up fridrich method, with two-look OLL and two-look PLL, though, and my best is like 25 seconds with that method

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JasperG1 made it! (author)2016-02-09

algorithm on step 9 pic num 1 doesn't work it does this to my cube:

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w355 made it! (author)2016-01-18

i there any algorythms ? please help

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Awesomeguydoo made it! (author)Awesomeguydoo 2016-01-26

Now solve it like a 3x3

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Sorunome made it! (author)Sorunome2016-01-26

Yes, that's one way of doing it! :D

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GeodEthan made it! (author)2015-12-28

I believe that both algorithms in stage 13 are incorrect, i have tried many times yet it still doesn't work

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Sorunome made it! (author)Sorunome2015-12-28

Thanks for reporting, after checking it out I fixed the first algorythm now (somehow I used U instead of D)

As for the second one, it seems to be correct for me, keep in mind that the first two things (UuFC d') are meant to be something like "move the top four layers to the left"

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GeodEthan made it! (author)GeodEthan2016-01-01

thank you so much

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mukund bhambhu made it! (author)2015-12-28

Author plz plz plz hlp me

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Sorunome made it! (author)Sorunome2015-12-28

I hope this is helpful.

it's all top view.

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Sorunome made it! (author)Sorunome2015-12-28

Please do not spam with help requests, I actually read all the comments i get, no matter what! Please keep in mind that people online usually also have a private life which can get quite busy from time to time.

And now, when I find the time (probably some time later today) I will get you pictures how you can solve that state using only the algorythms in this instructable.

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mukund bhambhu made it! (author)2015-12-28

What to do in this condition

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mukund bhambhu made it! (author)2015-12-27

Plz plz give correct algorithms of both pic of step 18

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GeodEthan made it! (author)2015-12-26

I believe that both algorithms in stage 13 are incorrect, i have tried many times yet it still doesn't work

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mukund bhambhu made it! (author)mukund bhambhu2015-12-27

Yes I'm to positive that they both are incorrect

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mukund bhambhu made it! (author)2015-12-20

Plz plz plz give the correct algorithms of first pic of solving 3rd layer edge pieces

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mukund bhambhu made it! (author)2015-12-14

I am not able to do the third layers edge pieces

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mukund bhambhu made it! (author)2015-12-14

Are you there plz hlp me

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mukund bhambhu made it! (author)2015-12-13

Are you giving me the correct algorithms

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mukund bhambhu made it! (author)2015-12-13

Pls give the correct algorithms

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mukund bhambhu made it! (author)2015-12-13

Ok but the cube is scrambling again after following the algorithms for solving 2 layer edge pieces.

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BalaramM made it! (author)2015-09-07

step 14 is wrong

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Sorunome made it! (author)Sorunome2015-09-08

You meaning swapping the corner pieces? I am quite positive that that one is correct as I fixed its mistake a few weeks ago. Make sure that for example B is turning the back clockwise if you look at the back face, so from the front it will seem as if you turn it counterclockwise.

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BalaramM made it! (author)BalaramM2015-09-08

when I apply the step cube become scramble again.

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Sorunome made it! (author)Sorunome2015-09-08

I just tripple-checked that

B U B' U' B' R B R'

is indeed the correct algorythm. Be sure to follow it currectly, it can be tricky as B means turning back clockwise when looking at it, so in your normal holding-position it will seam counter-clockwise.

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knex akbar made it! (author)2014-07-02

isn't layer by layer allot slower than finishing the centers, then doing the edges and then solving it like a 3x3x3? i can solve it in about 4-5 minutes using that method, how fast is this method?

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Sorunome made it! (author)Sorunome2014-07-02

I can solve it in 5 min with this method, too.
Also keep in mind that I am presenting the method I invented on my own, rather than somebody elses method I read online.

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knex akbar made it! (author)knex akbar2015-08-13

okso now i can solve a 5x5 usually within 2 minutes :p

are you into speedsolving or just casual solving?

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knex akbar made it! (author)knex akbar2014-07-03

When i first got my 5x5x5 I tried to solve it on my own without any help but i was only able to solve the first 3 layers and some bits of the 4th layer.

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