How to solve a Megaminx Layer by Layer | Easy to follow Beginners Steps (2024)

A Megaminx is a 3D puzzle with 12 sides or faces. Each side is in the shape of a Pentagon (5 sides and corners). In geometry this shape is called a Dodecahedron, but in the magic puzzle industry this is called a Megaminx.

If you already know how to solve a 3x3 then you certainly can make a start on a Megaminx, it just takes longer as there are more pieces to put in place.

At a beginner level the puzzle is solved layer-by-layer in the following steps:

  • STEP 1 - SOLVE THE FIRST LAYERSTAR
  • STEP 2 - SOLVE THE FIRST LAYER CORNERS
  • STEP 3 - SOLVE THE SECOND LAYER EDGES
  • STEP 4 - SOLVE THE THIRD LAYER CORNERS AND EDGES
  • STEP 5 - SOLVE THE FORTH LAYER CORNERS AND EDGES
  • STEP 6 - SOLVE THE LAST LAYER EDGES
  • STEP 7 - SOLVE THE LAST LAYER CORNERS

STEP 1 - SOLVE THE FIRST LAYER STAR

Solving the fist layer star is the same as solving the first layer cross of a 3x3.

  1. Keeping the WHITE center on top and the PURPLE center facing you.
  2. Find the WHITE/PURPLE edge piece (it has 2 colours) and turn it so that it is in the same face as the purple center. (keeping white on top and purple in front)
  3. Use the options below as a guide to put theWHITE/PURPLEedgeplace.

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Repeat the steps for all the WHITEedges. This makes the white star making sure all the side colours match.

Result:

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This step is quite intuitive; you can do it for sure but it does take a little practice. Move the white edges to their places not messing up the ones already done. 

STEP 2 - SOLVE THE FIRST LAYERCORNERS

  1. Keep the WHITE center on top
  2. Put the YELLOW centre in front (facing you)
  3. Find the WHITE/YELLOW/PURPLE corner (it has 3 colours) and place it in one of the positions below (without disturbing the white cross)
  4. Choose from the steps below to place the WHITE/YELLOW/PURPLE corner in place without disturbing the white cross.

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Possible Problem:
If the corner you are looking for is in the first layer, but in the wrong position or the wrong way around then you can use the same steps above to move the corner out.

Keeping white on top, Follow the above instructions for all the WHITE corners.

Result:

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STEP 3 - SOLVE THE SECOND LAYER EDGES

  1. Keep white on top
  2. Find thePURPLE/YELLOW edge piece
  3. Move the edge to the layer below to match the edge with the center colour.
  4. Choose from the steps below to put the edge in place

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Continue the steps for all the second layer edges only: YELLOW/BLUE, DARK BLUE/RED, RED/DARK GREEN, DARK GREEN/PURPLE.

Possible Problem:

If the edge you are looking for is in the second layer, but in the wrong position or the wrong way around then you can use the same steps above to move the edge out of the second layer.

Result:

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STEP 4 - SOLVE THE THIRD LAYER CORNERS AND EDGES "TEARDROP"

  1. Turn the Megaminx around so that the GREY center is now on top.
  2. Find the PURPLE/ORANGE edge piece
  3. Move the edgein place (between the orange and purple centers) without disturbing the firsttwo layers. Thiscan be doneintuitively - no algorithms is necessary.
  4. Find the PURPLE/ORANGE/YELLOW corner and place it to the bottom right of where it needs to go.
  5. Use the steps below to put the corner in place.

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  1. Find the YELLOW/ORANGE edge piece
  2. Put the edge in the ORANGE or YELLOW face, matching the center color in the position shown in the image below.
  3. Use the steps below to put theedge in place.

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The next "tear drop" to do is to the right, with the GREY center still on top.Start by putting the LIGHT-GREEN/YELLOW edge in place, followed by the YELLOW/DARK-BLUE/LIGHT-GREEN edge using the same steps as above.

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Work your way around the Megaminx, untilyou have only one set to do.

IMPORTANT:

To complete the last "teardrop" set you will need to rotate the face you are completing one turn to theright so that you don't disturb the completed sets

Follow the steps below to insert the corner.

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Follow the steps below to insert the last teardrop edge.

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This is the most difficult part done and your Megaminx should now look like this:

Result:

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STEP5 - SOLVE THE FORTH LAYER CORNERS AND EDGES

  1. Turn the Megaminx around so that the GREY center is now on top.
  2. Find a corner in the GREY face that doesn't have GREY.
  3. Turn the top layer only so that thecorner is between the matching center colours. In the pic below we use the PURPLE/LIGHT-BLUE/ORANGE corner place it between the ORANGE and LIGHT-BLUE centers.
  4. Use the steps below to put the corner in place.

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Repeat this step for all the remaining corners that doesn't have grey

  1. Find an edge in the GREY face that doesn't have GREY.
  2. Turn the top layer only so that the edge matches its center colour.
  3. Use the steps below to put the edge in place

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Repeat this step for all the remainingedges that doesn't have grey

Result:

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STEP6 - SOLVE THELAST LAYERSTAR

  1. Hold your Megaminx with the GREY center on top.
  2. You should have 1,2 or 3 edges with GREY facing up.
  3. The idea is to first make the GREY star and then swap pieces into their correct position.
  4. Perform the algorithm below until you get the GREY star making sure your Megaminx is orientated is shown in the image.

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You will now have2 or5 edges pieces in the correct place, meaning they match with the center colors.

If you have 2 edge pieces in the correct position, but they are not adjacent to each other then hold your Megaminx, with one correct edge in the left bottom side. Use the algorithm below to cycle the edge pieces until you have two correct edge pieces adjacent to each other.

If you have 2 edge pieces in the correct position and the are adjacent to each other then hold your Megaminx, with the correct edges in the front and left positions.Use the algorithm below to cycle the edge pieces untilall edge pieces in the correct position.

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Result:

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STEP7 - SOLVE THELASTCORNERS

First we will put the corners in the correct position.

You will now have either 2or ALL the corners pieces will be in their correct positions, either the right way up or reversed. If two corners are in the correct position, then hold the Megaminx so that this correct corners are the front-left and left position as as shown in the image below.

Repeat the sequence of moves until all the corners are in the correct position.

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The next steps will turn the corners (one by one) the correct way and ultimately solve the cube.

NOTE: THIS ROUTINE MAY APPEAR TO UPSET THE REST OF THE CUBE. DO NOT DESPAIR AND KEEP THE SAME SIDE FACING YOU IT WILL ONLY BE SOLVED ONCE THE LAST CORNER IS ORIENTATED.

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Repeat the moves until the GREY side of the corner piece is on top. You may have to do it 2-3 times.

KEEP THE SAME SIDE FACING YOU. Rotate the TOP LAYER ONLY until the next corner piece to be rotated is in the top right position. Repeat the above sequence until the GREYside of the corner that you are rotating is on top. Continue the process until the cube is complete.

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FAQs

Is Megaminx hard to solve? ›

If you can solve the classic 3×3 Rubik's cube, you won't have any problems solving the Megaminx cube. Some algorithm notations are similar to those of the 3×3, including R (right side), U (up-side), and F (front side). However, you can introduce the 'dR' for a down-right turn of the Megaminx.

Can you solve a Megaminx like a 3x3? ›

The steps and algorithms for solving the Megaminx are similar to those of the 3×3. If you already know how to solve the 3×3, try solving the Megaminx own your first for the fun of it; otherwise learning to solve the 3×3 first will make understanding of this tutorial much easier.

What is the hardest Rubik's cube to solve? ›

5 Most Hardest Rubik's Puzzles of All Time
  • 3x3 Rubik's Cube.
  • Square-1.
  • Gear Cube.
  • Axis-Windmill-Fisher Cube.
  • Puppet Cube.
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What is the trick to solve a cube? ›

The easy solution to solve a Rubik's cube is to follow the approach to first solve the bottom layer, then the middle layer, and then finally the top layer. Step 1: First choose a centerpiece of any color (say white) and then make a white cross by bringing all the four edge pieces adjacent to the white center.

What does y mean in Megaminx? ›

y is a rotation of the puzzle, Turing the cube clockwise and keeping the top face the same. Cube rotations in notation are very common in most puzzles, like 3x3, big cubes, Megaminx, etc.

What is br in Megaminx? ›

F (front), B (back) L (left), BR (back right)

Is a 2x2 harder than a 3x3? ›

2x2. After having learned how to solve the 3x3, the 2x2 is an easy next step, as it is essentially a 3x3 without the edge or center pieces. Also, 3x3 algorithms are easily transferred to multiple 2x2 solving methods, including layer by layer.

What is the 8x8 Megaminx called? ›

2x2 = kilominx (10. 3) 4x4 = master kilominx. 6x6 = elite kilominx (aka professor kilominx) 8x8 = royal kilominx (I'm assuming this based on the naming of Royal Pyraminx and Royal Skewb)

Is a Megaminx worth it? ›

A bit pricey, but worth it if you solve daily. This is great with the magnetic turning. It is much easier to go fast when it wants to stop on the alignment of layers. The puzzle has a great feel as well.

Is there 100x100 rubiks cube? ›

Amazon.com: Rubiks Cubes 100x100.

What is a 2x2 Megaminx called? ›

The Kilominx (also called as Flowerminx) is effectively a 2x2 variant of the original Megaminx.

What is the easiest cube for beginners? ›

What Are the Best Rubik's Cubes for Beginners?
  • Redi Cube. The Redi Cube is almost as beloved as the Rubik's cube. ...
  • Floppy Cube. A Floppy cube is like 1/3 of a full Rubik's cube. ...
  • Gear Ball. ...
  • Pyraminx Duo. ...
  • Ivy Cube.
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How many moves does it take to solve a Megaminx? ›

The "beginner" method of solving the Megaminx requires only four or five algorithms of between three and six moves each to be memorized, which will be used to orient and then permute the last layer's edge pieces to form the last layer star, followed by orienting and permuting last layer corners.

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