The Megaminx - How To Solve It With The Beginner's Method (2024)

The Megaminx - How To Solve It With The Beginner's Method (1)The Megaminx, previously called as Hungarian Supernova was patented by Uwe Mèffert. It is a dodecahedron-shaped face-turning twisty puzzlewhich 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 3x3x3Cube then you won'thave problems solving the Megaminx either.

There are many variations but the most common version has 12 different colors, having 11 pieces in a star-pattern arrangement on each facewith five corner pieces, five edge pieces and a fixed center piece. It has a total of 50 separate pieces.

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The Megaminx is an official WCA competition event. The World Record is held bythe Korean Yu Da-Hyun with a 33.17s result.

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On the image above a white and a black-body Megaminx is accompanied by their smaller brother, the 2x2 Kilominx (Flowerminx), a dodecahedron-shaped Rubik's Cube shape mod and a 3x3 cube. The bigger dodecahedrons are called Gigaminx, Teraminx, Petaminx, Zettaminx, all the way up to the record-breaking Yottaminx (image below).

Solution of the Megaminx

To solve the Megaminx first you need to know how to solve the Rubik's Cube because the methods of the two puzzles are very similar. There are a few steps where you might get stuck but the algorithms below will help you go through the difficulties.

Let's use the same FRU notationthat you are probably familiar with. Each letter means a clockwise rotation of the face, while apostrophes mark the anticlockwise turns. Note that in this case F2 = F'3andF'2 ≠ F2.

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1. Whiteface

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The start is similar to solving the white cross on a Rubik's Cube.Fill the gaps between the white and side centers with the matching colors. In this case we're not building a white cross, but a white star on the top.

When the edges are doneinsert the white corner pieces, just like you would for a Rubik's Cube.

This step is really intuitive and it shouldn't be a problem, try to do it without checking the links.

2. Second layer

Turn the cube with the solved face down and use the same F2L algorithms that you already know from the 3x3 to solve the next set of edges. When they're are all done, locate the corners above each completed edge and turn them where they belong to.

3. Third layer edges and corners

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This is the first step where you might need a little help, even if you know the 3x3 solution. Use the left or right algorightms below to insert the marked pieces from the top layer:

Left: F' R' F'2 R F
Right: F L F2 L' F'

When the edges are in place go ahead and solve the corners. Use the same method that you used for solving the white corners.

4. One more time

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We've reached a point where we have to perform another set of "first layer corners" and "second layers", but we already know how to do these.

5. Top star

Forthe Rubik's Cube we call this step solving the yellow cross. We can use the exact same algorithms but herewe have to form a star, not a cross on the top of the puzzle.

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First case (flips F and R edges): F U R U' R' F'
Second case (flips F and B edges): F R U R' U' F'

6. Cycle edges

This step is similar to swapping the yellow edges on the Rubik's Cube. The algorithm is the same with a small tweak: instead of making U2 we have to make U3 in the clockwise algorithm.

We can cycle three edges on the front face of the Megaminx in the desired direction with the algorithms below. The two algorithms are the inverse of each other.

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Clockwise: R U R' U R U3 R' U
AntiClockwise: U' R U2 R' U' R U' R'

7. Cycle corners

Positioning the last layer corners is the penultimate step before completing the puzzle. There are two algorithms that cycle the corners as shown on the image below.

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Clockwise: L' U2 R U'2 - L U2 R' U'2
Anticlockwise: R U'2 L' U2 - R' U'2 L U2

8. Orient corners

However the algorithm is simple, orienting the last layer corners is the most confusing part of the Beginner's Method.

Doing Urotations bring the unsolved corners to the highlighted position one by one. Repeat the R' D' R D algorithm for each piece until they are all positioned correctly.

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R' D' R D

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The Megaminx - How To Solve It With The Beginner's Method (2024)

FAQs

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.

Is a Megaminx hard to solve? ›

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.

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 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.

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.

What is a 2x2 Megaminx called? ›

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

What is lbl cubing? ›

The Layer by Layer method, also known as the beginners' method, is a method of solving the 3x3x3 Rubik's Cube. Many beginners' methods use this approach, and it also forms the basis of the CFOP speedcubing technique.

What is the quickest method to solve a Rubik's cube? ›

The CFOP method (Cross – F2L – OLL – PLL), also known as the Fridrich method, is one of the most commonly used methods in speedsolving a 3×3×3 Rubik's Cube and is one of the fastest methods.

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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