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5x5 Speed Cube Guides

Get to know official WCA 5x5 Rubik's cube notations and a variety of methods to guide you through learning to solve and progressing to getting faster at speed solving your 5x5 speed cube.

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Last 2 Edges

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5x5 Basics

A collection of some bite size answers to the internets top questions regarding 5x5 speed cubes. The perfect starting point for all beginner cubers.

What is a 5x5 Rubik's Cube?

The 5x5 Rubik's Cube, also known as the Professor's Cube, is a five-layered twisty puzzle that is more complex than the standard 3x3 and 4x4 cubes. It has 98 pieces: 8 corner pieces, 36 edge pieces, and 54 center pieces, making it a challenging puzzle to solve.

What is the history of the 5x5 Rubik's Cube?

The 5x5 Rubik's Cube was invented by Udo Krell and was introduced to the public in 1981. It was designed to provide a greater challenge for those who had mastered the 3x3 and 4x4 cubes.

What are the basic steps to solve a 5x5 cube?

The basic steps are: solving the center pieces, pairing the edge pieces, and then solving the cube like a 3x3 cube, which involves solving the first two layers, orienting the last layer (OLL), and permuting the last layer (PLL).

What is the reduction method for solving a 5x5 cube?

The reduction method involves solving the centers and pairing the edges to reduce the 5x5 cube to a 3x3 cube. After the reduction, the cube is solved using standard 3x3 algorithms.

What are some advanced methods for solving a 5x5 cube?

Advanced methods include the Yau5 Method, Hoya Method, and various edge pairing techniques that optimize solving efficiency and reduce solve times.

How can I improve my solving speed for the 5x5 cube?

Practice regularly, learn and memorize efficient algorithms, use finger tricks, improve lookahead, and study advanced solving methods like Yau or Hoya.

What is the Yau5 Method and how does it differ from the standard reduction method?

The Yau5 Method involves solving one center, then pairing edges, solving the second center, and finally solving the remaining centers and edges. It differs from the standard reduction method in the order of steps and can be more efficient for certain solvers.

How do I adjust the tension on my 5x5 cube?

Tension can be adjusted by tightening or loosening the screws located under the center caps. Proper tension helps balance smoothness and control.

What are the best lubricants for a 5x5 cube?

We recommend silicone based lubes like Blitz, Dash, Swift or Glide for all 5x5 cubes.