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Megaminx Tutorial

The Megaminx has a total of 12 sides. In this tutorial, we choose white side as the bottom layer,gray side as the top layer. The other sides are divided into 2 halves—the upper half consisting of pink/light yellow/light blue/orange/light green, and the lower halfconsisting of blue/red/dark green/purple/yellow.

Structure:

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Top Layer

Upper Half

Lower Half

Algorithm Instruction:

The letters of algorithm for the Megaminx, besides R(Right side)/U(Up side)/F(Front side)which you might already know from solving 3×3, we introduce ‘dR’ to represent ‘down right’ side turn in this tutorial.

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Starting position

Trget position/Operating slot

The Megaminx could be seen as an extension of the 3×3. Each side also consists of center piece (1), edge pieces (5) and corner pieces (5)

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centre piece

corner piece

edge piece

Solving Steps:

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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.

Part 1: Solving the bottom layer

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Solving the bottom edges(‘Bottom Star’)

Take the white side as the bottom layer, solve the 5 edges one by one to build a star.

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Building a white star at the bottom layer is similar to building a white cross of the 3×3, except that there are 5 white edges in a Megaminx.

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Solving the bottom corners

Solve the white corners one by one. Now the white side is solved.

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Solving Angle:
Place the matching sides of the target corner as F, R and dR respectively, white side as dR Place the target corner at the upper right corner of F.

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Steps:

Execute the matching algorithm according to the cases shown in below diagram.

Repeat Stepl until all 5 corners are solved.

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Function of Algorithml/2/3: to move the target corner from the upper right corner (starting position) to the down right corner (target position) of F.

The steps for solving the bottom corner of the Megaminx is also similar to that of the 3×3.

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Part 2: Solving the lower half

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Solving the edges of 5 lower sides

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Place the matching sides of the target edge as F, R, white side as dR.

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Steps:

Match the target edge with the center piece on the side with the same colour. Then choose the appropriate Algorithm for the case to solve it.

Repeat steel until all edges of the 5 lower sides are solved.

Case4

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Algorithm4 (URU’R’U’)(F’UF)

Case5

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Algorithm5 (R’F’RU)(RU’R’F)

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Function of Algorithm 4/5: to move the edge piece target edge from the upper edge
of F or R (starting position) to the right edge of F (target position).

1.The steps for solving the side edges in the lower part of the Megaminx is similar to that of the 3×3.

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2.If the target edge is in a wrong side edge or with incorrect orientation, move it to the top layer to apply the solving steps.

Part 3: Solving the upper half

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Solving the inverted triangle of 5 upper sides

The Inverted triangle consists of 3 pieces, the down left edge, the down corner and the down right edge.

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Solving Angle:Take the white side as bottom and the gray side as top, and place the target inverted triangle in F.

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Steps:

To each inverted triangle, solve in the order of down left edge->down corner->down right edge (orderof 1-23 as indicated above).

Solve the down left edge by observation.

The next steps are to solve the down corner and down right edge. We need to leverage F’ turn to set up the case, and F to restore it after finishing the solving steps.

Solve the down corner:
a.Execute F’ so that the triangle is now placed at the down right corner, shifting the tareet positions of the edee and corner pieces to solve.
b.Place the target corner at the top right corner of F. And execute the right algorithm from Algorithm 1/2/3 for the case to solve it.

Solve the down right edge:
a.Place the target edge in the top layer. And execute the right algorithm from Algorithm 4/5 for the case to solve it.
b.Execute F to return the inverted trianele to the rieht position at the down corner.

Repeat Stepl-3 to solve the inverted triangles of each side (it is recommended to solve them clockwise)

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1.For Step 2 & 3 above, we use the algorithms for solving corners & edges in the earlier steps Asyou can see, the original position ofthe inverted triangle does not fitthe cases ofAlgorithms 1-5 That’s why we need to shift its position by F’ turn (and F turn to restore it afterwards) to set up the case.

2.If the target edge and corner are in a wrong inverted triangle or with incorrect orientation,move them to the top layer to apply the solving steps.

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Solving the down right corners of 5 upper sides

Execute Algorithm 1-3 to solve the down right corners of the S upper sides.

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Solving the side edges of 5 upper sides

Execute Algorithm 4-5 to solve the side edges of the 5 upper sides.

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Part 4:Solve the top layer

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Orientation of the top layer edges

This step only deals with the orientation of the top layer (gray side) edges Permutation will be dealt with in the next step.

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Solving Angle:Place the gray side at U. Depending on the number of top edges with correct orientation, place the sides per cases given below.

Steps:

(Below diagrams are vertical view)

When encountered with case 1 or2, execute Algorithm 6 once to transform into case 3.

With case 3, execute Algorithm 6 once to solve the orientation of all top layer edges.

Case1

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Algorithm6
F R U R’U’F’

Case2

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Algorithm6
F R U R’U’F’

Case3

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Function of Algorithm 6: orient the top layer edges.

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Permutation of the top layer edges

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Solving Angle:
Place the gray side at U. Depending on the number of top edges with correct permutation, place the sides per cases given below.

Steps:
(Below diagrams are vertical view)
Rotate and observe the top layer to locate correct top edges.

If there’ s only 1 correct edge, execute Algorithm 7 once from any direction to transform into case 1 or 2 where there are 2 correct edges (with 1 incorrect edge in between). With case 1 or 2, execute Algorithm 7 once again to transform into case 3 where there are 2 correct edges next to each other.

With case3, Execute Algorithm 7 once so that all edges are solved.

Case1

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Algorithm7
R’ U’ R U’ R’U2 R

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Algorithm7
R’ U’ R U’ R’U2 R

Case3

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Function of Algorithm 7: permute the top layer edges.

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Orientation of the top corners

This step only deals with the orientation of the top layer (gray side) corners Permutation will be dealtwith in the nextstep.

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Solving Angle:Place the gray side at dR, and the target corner in the down right corner of F (operating slot).

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Steps:

Make dR turns to move a corner with wrong orientation to the operating slot Execute Algorithm 8 once or twice to rotate the corner until it orients correctly.

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Algorithm8
(R U R’ U’)
(R U R’ U’)

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Algorithm8
(R U R’ U’)
(R U R’ U’)

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Function of Algorithm 8: rotate the corner in operating slot 120° clockwise.

Repeat Step1 on all other incorrect corners one by one to orient all corners.

In this step, only focus on the corners needing to be dealt with in the operating slot.The other sides will be temporarily scrambled duringthe process and will be restored automatically when corners are all oriented.

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Permutation of the top corners

Permute the top (gray side) corners one by one. The Megaminx is solved!

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Solving Angle:Place the dray side at dR, and the target corner in the down right corner of F (operating slot)

Steps:

Execute (dR+Algorithm 9) and (dR+Algorithm 10) in turns, until all corners have been solved.

Make dR turns to move an incorrect comerto the operating slot and execute Algorithm 9 once.

Make dR turns to move the target position of the target corner (now on the upper left corner of F) to the operating slot, and execute Algorithm 10 to solve it.

Repeat Step 1 and Step 2 until all corners are solved.

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Function ofAlgorithm 9: to move the upper right corner to the down right corner and down right corner to the upper left corner of F. Algorithm 10 does the contrary.

1.In Step 2, to place which corner in the operating slot depends on whether there is incorrect top corner (gray corner) in the upper left corner or upper right corner of F. If yes, then move the target position of the target corner to the operating slot; otherwise just move any incorrect corner to the operating slot.

2.In this step, only focus on the corners needing to be dealt with and what should be at the operating slot. The other sides will be temporarily scrambled during the process and will restore automatically when all corners are solved.


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FAQs

Is the 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.

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.

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

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  • 3x3 Rubik's Cube.
  • Square-1.
  • Gear Cube.
  • Axis-Windmill-Fisher Cube.
  • Puppet Cube.
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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 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 average time for solving a Megaminx? ›

Depends on how fast you are at solving a regular Rubik's cube. I would say if you can solve a Rubik's cube in 1 minute, you could probably solve the megaminx in 5 minutes. If you can solve a cube in 10 seconds, you could probably solve the megaminx in 1 minute.

What is the Y 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 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)

How easy is the Megaminx? ›

It is a dodecahedron-shaped face-turning twisty puzzle which is very similar to the classic Rubik's Cube. The solution is almost the same, just a few new algorithms come in when you reach the last layer, so if you're familiar with the classic 3x3x3 Cube then you won't have problems solving the Megaminx either.

Is there 100x100 rubiks cube? ›

Amazon.com: Rubiks Cubes 100x100.

How many combinations are there in a Megaminx? ›

It has 12 faces, and 62 pieces including 12 center pieces, 20 corner pieces and 30 edge pieces, resulting 1.01×10^68 of combinations.

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