How to Solve a 5x5 Rubik's Professor Cube




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.

Step 1: My Collection/experience

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

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)

Step 4: Notation

In the image below, you will see the notation I will be using. It is standard 5x5 notation, as far as I know. If just the letter is there, turn the face denoted clockwise, if you are looking at that side
' means counter clockwise.

I always solve my cube white centers first, then yellow, and the rest vary. It might help to follow how I am solving it if you start on white, then go to yellow, and work with my sides.

Step 5: Getting a 2x1 Block on the Side of Your Choice

This is a rather simple step, just rotate any of the lower case letters (l ,r ,f , b) until there is a 2x1 cube

Step 6: Make a 2x2 Block

Now, make another 1x2 block, and make it match up with the other one, leaving you a 2x2 block on the face you chose (white for me).

Step 7: Finishing the First Center

Create yet another 2x1 block, joining it to make a 2x3 block.

Make a 1x3 block with the remaining white pieces, but don't mess up the white 2x3 block in the process!

Try to use the side that has no white blocks on the 2x3 block, and form that 1x3, and insert it.

Step 8: Working on the Opposite Center

Now, flip your cube over. Make a 2x1 section. If you needed to rotate any faces, make sure you turn the piece out of the way, so that when you turn it back, the piece stays there. Make the 2x3 center on the yellow side using this method, and you are ready to move on.

Step 9: Finishing the Center.

Make a 1x3 block of yellow, keeping the 2x3 and white center intact.

If you have the sides like they are in the first picture, then do the following:
Dd' Uu L2 Dd Uu'
It should now be a 1x3 block

Now, align it as in the second picture, and do the following algorithm:
Ll' U2 Ll

This completes the second center.

Step 10: The Third Center!

Find a colour that has a 1x2 or 2x2 block already assembled. This will be the next center you solve. In my case, it is orange.

Create a 2x1 block on a different side, and join it to the other one, that should have the center connected to it. It's just like solving the first center, just it's a bit easier to find the pieces. I forgot to take pictures, but I have put in the photos from steps 5-7 in, so you know it's the same thing.

You won't mess up the completed centers if you hold the cube so that the white center is in your right hand, and the yellow center is in your left.

Step 11: The Fourth Center!

Pick a center adjacent to the one you just solved. If one is more solved than the other, then choose it. Green happened to be mostly solved, as can be seen in the pictures, so I chose that side.

Now, solve it like the second center, and then you have completed 4 of the 6 centers!

If you have a stray piece on your cube like in the picture, then do the algorithm used for putting the 3x1 section into the center, but make sure no greens go in!

Step 12: The Final Two Centers!

Now, there should be only two different colours on the unsolved sides.

Using the algorithm for moving those pieces around(Ll' U2 Ll), get as many of the colour on its respective side. In my case, I am getting as many blues on the blue side, and reds on the red side as humanly possible. The inverse also works, and on the right side. Possible algorithms are:
Ll U2 Ll'
Ll' U2 Ll
Rr U2 Rr'
Rr' U2 Rr

If you have a case like in the second photo, you need to get the red center on the red side, and the blue center on the blue side. Then, align them as shown in the picture, and perform this set of moves:
r U' M U r' U' M'
(M is the middle, rotate it in the same direction as R)

You may need to repeat this multiple times to solve both parts, but after they are solved, we move on the the most time consuming part of the cube: Pairing

Step 13: Pairing

Yes, this is a painfully time consuming step. I know

Find 2 edges that have the same colours on them, and arrange them like in the picture. I turned the layer with the edge on it so that it is one photo instead of 2

Now, to pair these edges, we find an unmatched pair in the top face. Rotate the cube as much as you like, you barely have to worry about messing up the centers anymore. For the following case, you need to perform the following (It's all logic, I'm just giving you algorithms to make it easier.):
(Uu) L' U L (Uu)'
The U can be replaced with U2 or U' as well

The logic method:
Move the cubie into position, swap it with an unpaired edge, and return the centers to the completed state.

Moving on:
Make sure that all the center edges are facing the same way as the outer edge pieces
This will work until you have 2 edges that are not solved.

Step 14: Parity Errors

Sometimes, the cube does not always finish to be like a 3x3. If you have your cube looking like a 3x3, then move on to the next step for now. Otherwise, look at the pictures and determine which parity error to solve. For the example in the first picture, hold the cube so that the 2 sdes you are switching are on the right hand side. Then, use this algorithm (This is one of the ones I had to learn to solve this):
(Ll)' U2 (Ll)' U2 F2 (Ll)' F2 (Rr) U2 (Rr)' U2 (Ll)2
This can also be used in solving the 4x4.

Just arrange the cubies so that they are in that manner, and you can get it to have sections like a 3x3, and solve it. You may need to repeat that algorithm a few times.

Step 15: Done!

Now, solve the cube like a 3x3. I use the beginner method, but you can use whatever method you like.

If you have any questions, problems, comments, or critiques, post them as a comment below.

Also, if you need more photos, I will make some more. I don't know that they will be exactly the same, but the photos I took were very minimal. If you need help solving it like a 3x3, I am working on an instructable for that next. ( Don't worry, I have a newer cube than the one in the photos )



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    146 Discussions


    5 days ago

    It only took me about 3 hours to learn the algorithm lol


    Question 3 months ago

    Does anyone have an algorithm for this
    It are only the last 4 corner pieces

    3 answers

    Answer 2 months ago

    With a "correct" (right colours facing the wrong sides is fine, just not wrong colours entirely) corner on the right hand side facing you, do U R U' L' U R' U' L. If no corners are correct initially, start on a random corner, and if two corners are right while the other two are wrong, either start on a wrong corner or do a few U moves to make one right a wrong, then the above algorithm.
    Once all four corners are right, chances are some of them will have colours facing the wrong side. Do R F' R' F either 2 or 4 times (doing it 6 times resets the corner, and stopping at an odd number messes up your cube.)

    If you haven't mastered these algorithms yet, try them on a 3x3 first before doing them on your 5x5. Messing up a 5x5 is tedious work.


    Answer 2 months ago

    As with arranging and permuting corners on a 3x3, do U R U' L' U R' U' L, with a correctly placed corner (if it's not not yet completely fixed but the colours match the sides it borders, that's fine) on the right-hand side facing you, or if there are none, then settle with a random corner. If you have two correct corners and two wrong, do a U or U' move to make one of the wrongs a right, then the above algorithm.
    Once you have all corners in correct position, permute them to have each colour face the correct side with R F' R' F done either 2 or 4 times (6 resets it).
    Try doing these algorithms on a smaller cube (preferably a regular 3x3) if you haven't mastered them yet before doing it on your 5x5.


    Question 1 year ago on Step 7

    what does Try to use the side that has no white blocks on the 2x3 block, and form that 1x3, and insert it mean?

    1 answer

    4 months ago

    Can some one help me I need an algorithm for this! I've searched for over an hour and couldn't find anything.

    1 reply

    Question 1 year ago on Step 12

    Step 12: I have a problem because my two centers have all but one square in the top right solved. I don't see a way to fix that. :\


    1 year ago

    can someone explain a paraity a little better for me please


    Reply 1 year ago

    I realized I can actually solve that by 4x4 edge pairing, reducing it to 5x5 centers! Yay!


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Why do people consider that a parody?
    that makes me mad
    oh noes! more and more people are learning to solve the other cubes
    im running out of things to brag about
    but I still got my 7, :P

    2 replies

    umm about that... i could make a tutorial about how to do the 7 or 6, except that i hate doing tutorials for cubes I don't personally own. My first solve of the 7x7 was about 42 minutes, done today. If/When I get my cube, then I could make the tutorial xP But then again, its the same thing as 5x5, just more layers, more concerns, etc. The speedcubing corner swap is a good one for 7x7 though. Attached is a screen shot after my first 7x7 solve.

    Cube 2009-01-04 18-37-09-42.jpg

    10 years ago on Introduction

    I modified the algorithms for a 3*3*3 Rubiks cube to work for my 5*5*5, and it worked well, I am able to solve it. I found the 5*5*5 easier then the 4*4*4. Great Tutorial, you cover everything.

    2 replies

    Reply 1 year ago

    I think in 5x5 you don't have to deal with parity (in the method I use), but in other hand there are more centers and edges to pair.

    Does Not ComputeIkotoo

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I also find the 5x5 easier than the 4x4, but then again, my 4x4 pops, and I solve it differently because I hate that one parity problem where the cross just doesn't work. I solve one side, the other side, then everything in between. I find it faster than doing it the other way, but the biggest thing you could run in to is a whole 2x2 center being in the wrong place.