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2x2 Speed Cube Guides

Get to know official WCA 2x2 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 2x2 cube.

2x2 Basics

Welcome to our comprehensive FAQ section dedicated to the 2x2 Rubik's Cube, a popular and accessible entry point into the world of speed cubing. Whether you're a beginner looking to learn the basics or an experienced solver aiming to improve your times, this section is designed to answer all your questions about the 2x2 cube.

What is a 2x2 Rubik's Cube?

The 2x2 Rubik's Cube, also known as the Pocket Cube or Mini Cube, is a smaller version of the classic 3x3 Rubik's Cube. It consists of 8 corner pieces without any edge or center pieces.

How does a 2x2 cube differ from a 3x3 cube?

A 2x2 cube has only 8 corner pieces, while a 3x3 cube has 8 corner pieces, 12 edge pieces, and 6 center pieces. The solving process for a 2x2 cube is simpler and quicker compared to a 3x3 cube.

What are the basic steps to solve a 2x2 cube?

The basic steps include solving the first layer, orienting the last layer, and then permuting the last layer pieces into their correct positions (to solve a 2x2 using the beginners method you need to learn less than 10 algorithms in total).

What are some advanced methods for solving a 2x2 cube?

Advanced methods include the Ortega Method and the CLL (Corners of the Last Layer) Method, which allow for faster solving times. You can also learn EG-1 and EG-2

What is the Ortega Method?

In Ortega we orientate one layer (not worrying if the pieces are in the correct spot), then we orientate the top layer, we then permute the top and bottom corners in one go. In total we need 12 algorithms to solve using Ortega.

What is the CLL Method?

The CLL Method involves solving the first layer and then using a set of algorithms to solve the entire last layer in one step, focusing only on corner pieces.

How can I get faster at solving a 2x2?

Practice finger tricks, learn and memorize efficient algorithms, and practice regularly to improve recognition and execution speed.

How do I practice lookahead during solving?

Lookahead involves planning your next moves while executing the current ones. To practice, try solving the cube slowly while focusing on tracking the pieces' positions and planning subsequent moves.

Can you get parity on a 2x2 cube?

No, parity errors are specific to larger cubes like the 4x4 and 5x5. The 2x2 cube does not have parity errors because it only consists of corner pieces.

What should I do if my cube becomes unsolvable?

If your cube appears unsolvable, it might have been disassembled and reassembled incorrectly. Ensure all pieces are correctly oriented and positioned before solving.

How do I maintain my 2x2 cube?

Regularly clean and lubricate your cube to ensure smooth turning. Adjust the tension of the screws if necessary to optimize performance. We recommend using KewbzUK Lubricant such as Dash or Blitz in your 2x2.