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I got a 5x5 cube recently, and learned how to do it by only learning a few algorithms.

In order for you to be able to finish the cube, you will need to be able to solve a 3x3 cube, but being able to solve a 4x4 cube would also enhance your abilities for it, since the algorithms can be used on both.

If anything is unclear, just ask and I can clarify it for you
Please note:
1. This is a LONG INSTRUCTABLE. It will take time and effort to get through this cube, and you need to have some free time to solve your cube.
2. I am Canadian, so deal with the u in colour.
3. I am assuming you have a 5x5 cube. If you do not, they cost up to $40 CAD, so be prepared to spend a little bit of money on it.
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Step 1: My collection/experience

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I started cubing over the summer of 2007. I got a dollar store "magic" cube, which was a cheap Rubik's cube. It came with instructions, which I memorized, and have now fine tuned so I can solve my cube with a 12 cube average of 51 seconds.

I can solve all the puzzles you see here, no instructions.
I found out how to do this by watching a long youtube video tutorial about how to solve this, and read some text instructions. I have 2 5x5 cubes, a few 3x3 cubes, and the 4x4 cube.

Step 2: My solve

This is a video of me solving the cube using my solution. I have only been solving this since christmas, so a couple weeks and I dropped my time by about 20 minutes. I took a long time to solve it the first few times, because I was still learning algorithms. Now, my time is below 10 minutes.
By the way, that cube is not the one I am using in my instructions, its the Rubik's one.

Step 3: Getting started

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Ok, so the first step is to get your cube mixed up (I assume you have already done so, which is why you are reading this in the first place)
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I made IT!

killer524 months ago

how do you do the last corners after you do the edge pairing

killer52 killer524 months ago

also it wont let me watch the video

tShCoHmUaFsF4 months ago


tShCoHmUaFsF4 months ago

the rubiks cube is awesome

tShCoHmUaFsF4 months ago

the rubiks cube is awesome

tShCoHmUaFsF4 months ago

i like it

tShCoHmUaFsF4 months ago

i like it

tShCoHmUaFsF4 months ago

i like it

tShCoHmUaFsF4 months ago

i like it

MitchellL14 months ago

Great guide, helped me through a couple of algorithims I was having trouble with :) Finally solved it after 3 days. Cheers!

JackW55 months ago

I got my 5x5 for $8.17 (9.32 CAD)

at amazon:

Cuber_3136 months ago
With the tredge pairing I have 2 Unsolved tredges but to solve them I have to switch the middle cubees, do you know how to fix this?
emay945 years ago
what do you mean by you can solve the cube like the 3x3 ?
Cow124 emay948 months ago

The wings and edges combine to be an edge, the corners are corners, the centers and crosses become the centers. Find another instructable on solving a 3x3. Start with the Beginner's Method and if you are interested enough work up to the Fridrich Method (for the 3x3).

Does Not Compute (author)  emay945 years ago
by solve the cube like the 3x3, I mean that you have to treat the groups of 3 edges as an edge piece on a normal rubik's cube. I could make a tutorial, but it would just add to the many that are here. The 3x3 center on the 5x5, you treat as the center of the cube. Then solve like as though the corners are corners on the 3x3 cube, and the three edges that are paired are like edges on the 3x3, and the 3x3 centers that are made are the centers.
So what he means is to solve the centers, make the 'tredges', and then solve it like a 3x3, except for some parities.
timblau11 months ago

sorry..step 9 is what does not work.

timblau11 months ago

So does Ll' mean they are both counterclockwise or is L clockwise and the l' is counter? Your step 7 of completing the other side after I have the 1x3 in position simply does not work. Tried 5 times.

If you need a 3x3 how to go to captain camos guide
Kshitij02112 years ago
hi, m nt able to gt the part wen m solving the 3x3 way.. at the part where I hav a complete yellow on the top .. blue n orange r solved.. the red n green hav the top paired edges in the wrong places.. this was also ther in the 4x4 bt I figured out tht 1.. I donno how to do it in the 5x5.. ny1 cn hlp??
I bought my son th Proferssor's cube after he mastered the 3x3. He played with it for about 45 minutes then announced that he had figured it out - even though he hadn't solved it yet. After about 5 more mintes, he had solved! No help. No lessons. Just good spacial skills. I'm in awe.
B3tray3dQU3 years ago
Im at a parody that on the last step where you make the cross on the top layer, I have every side except 1, I know there is an algorithm for my 4x4 but forgot it, and not sure how to do it on the 5x5. Help please? And also I have 2 corners correct on the top layer to start with, so I know there is an algorithm for the switching of 2 corners but can't find it in my manuals or on the internet. Can you please help me with this?
The parody Algorithm: 2Rr, 2B, 2U, Ll, 2U, Rr', 2U, Rr, 2U, 2F, Rr, 2F, Ll', 2B, 2Rr.
this may result in and edge swap (the opposite edges are swapped) put them in the TB and TF edges, and perform; 2Uu, 2Ll, 2U, 2l, 2U, 2Ll, 2Uu. that should fix those problems.
the algorithm to swap the two corners: place the two solved corners in the back of the cube (assuming the top is solved and not permuted) perform; R', F, R', 2B, R, F', R', 2B, 2R. email me at if you have any other cubing questions
zypher3.143 years ago
Thanks! I can solve the 2x2x2 and the 3x3x3 but I could never get more than the first layer of the 4x4x4 or 5x5x5.
Spent a whole week repairing a Rubik's 5x5 before getting the V-Cube 5. It literally fell apart in my hands!
BTW there is more than one parity error. there are actually 3 combinations you have to use the 2 algorithms in. you can probably do it with one but it's easy er to fix it all at one time when you get the 3 edges in the right places yet the middle one is turned the wrong way you can fix that in one move.
I just use the one. If the things on one side are correct, center is not though, then there is a long algorithm, that i just never wanted to memorize. Therefore, I did not include it, since I don't personally use it.
The long one is :RR2 B2 U2 LL U2 RR' U2 RR U2 F2 RR F2 LL' B2 RR2.
Mainly used on the 4x4.
yeah I tough t so it's only a little longer but min doesn't work. I must have copied it down wrong.
i made my own algorithm to use while i was making my tutorial, lol
cool I've made up a couple for the 4 by 4.
Bridel5686 years ago
want a 7x7 go to
Or the vcube website.
nurdturd4 years ago
I ran into a weird parody where one edge has all of the right colors on it but one is oriented the wrong way. Got any algorithms?
RR2 B2 U2 LL U2 RR' U2 RR U2 F2 RR F2 LL' B2 RR2

Or what he used on step 14. (The one above is longer, but somewhat easier to memorize.)
TheKnotTier3 years ago
Kaiven3 years ago
I supposed I solve it a tad different, but the end product is always the same, eh? Hope others can learn from this, it's great fun.
nurdturd4 years ago
I meant one edge piece/cublet was facing right while the other two on that same edge are facing left. I hope thats sort of clear what im talking about.

-----> u know kinda like that?
Does Not Compute (author)  nurdturd4 years ago
Sorry about this late reply, I had exams and have just had a hectic month of april, didn't even go on instructables for the entire month!

Yes, I understand what you're talking about, and yes, there is an algorithm somewhere on the internet, but I never actually learned it. I just use the one that swaps two of the middle edge cubelets, and swap the cubelet over to the other side, then move the edge so that when you swap the cubelets again, two are in the right place, move those so that you can put the last piece in place, and repeat until you're done. I actually solve this a completely different way, chainsolving the edges now, makes it faster, but similar concepts.
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