MASTER SKEWB Simple Solution Guide.

Master Skewbs

WOW! I haven’t been this excited in a long time!  I hopped on EBAY And found these guys and before I knew it they were on my doorstep.  I’ve been wanting to play with one of these for years, and even contacted some puzzle builders to build me one, but no one got back to me.  These puzzles are great!  They turn very smooth and are very well constructed.

White SkewbsThe normal skewb was one of my favorite puzzles and even held the unofficial world record for quite sometime.  My record was finally broken not to long ago.

The Master Skewb offers a brand new challenge and proved to be a bigger challenge than I expected.  It also has some distinct similarities as the Rex Cube and the Face Turning Octahedron.  After about 2 hours of trial and error I was able to solve the puzzle.  I have worked out a couple simple algorithms to get the job done.

First things first, we need to clarify some notation.  Here is a simple sheet I created to help you out:

Jake's Master Skewb Notation

So now you have a scrambled puzzle, where do you start?

Master Skewb Scrambled

Master Skewb Step1Sorry folks, but I am not going to show you how to do this.  There are plenty of tutorials on the web showing how to do this part. :)

When you finish step one your Master Skewb should look like this:

Step One Complete Master Skewb Solution Step2This part is fairly easy and you should only need to use the algorithms above only 3 or 4 times to place all 12 of the edge pieces.

When you finish this step your Master Skewb should look like this:

Jake Solves Master SkewbStep 3 to Solving the Master SkewbThis is perhaps the most time consuming portion of the puzzle.  There are 4 inner Corners on each face that need to be correctly placed.  Using the 3 cycles above you should be able to place them effectively.  This also may require some set up turns to get your piece in place for the 3 cycle.  Just remember that after you complete the alg to undo your setup turns and you shouldn’t have any problems.

After this step the puzzle should be solved!

The cool thing is you can apply these same algorithms on both the Rex Cube and the Face Turning Octahedron!

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40 Responses to “MASTER SKEWB Simple Solution Guide.”

  1. Tep says:

    Thanks for your help.
    My first solved of Rex cube can be done by your tutorial.
    And this time, my first solved of master skewb can be done by
    your tutorial again.
    Very helpful, and easy to understand.
    Thanks again.

  2. Jake Rueth says:

    Awesome! I am happy I was able to help! Thank you so much for posting!

  3. Jalle says:

    I have a problem. i need an algorithm to switch two inner corners on the rex cube. plzz help me!

  4. Jake Rueth says:

    Hi Jalle, I don’t know of a way to flip only 2 corners, you will need to set up a 3 cycle. Try arranging your colors so 2 of the same colors are being used. For example, you may have a yellow and a red corner piece that needs swapping. Set up your 2 pieces to use the Master Skewb Step 3 alg. Now look for a way to work in a solved red corner or a solved yellow corner into the setup. This way you are only cycling one color around into the correct spot. Does this help you?

    Here is a link to another way of finishing the Rex Cube:

    Let me know if you still need help.

  5. jesse says:

    Thanks for making such an easy to follow tut. I don’t know how you figured it out but you’re a genius!

  6. Jake Rueth says:

    Hey Jesse! Thanks so much for the comment! I’m glad you enjoyed this tutorial, good luck with the cubing!

  7. Steve says:

    While solveing the edges, I ended up with only the red face unsolved, none of the edges having red on top, and two pairs of edges are swapped diagonally. How can I fix this?

    If you want, I can show you a picture.

  8. Jake Rueth says:

    Hi Steve, this is actually pretty easy to fix. what you need to do is rotate two of your top edges to put your pieces in place for the 3 cycle alg I supplied above. Here is how I would go about fixing this issue:
    1. hold the cube so the edges swap UFUR and ULUB.
    2. rotate the ULF corner clock wise positioning your red edges in the UB-UF-FL position.
    3. execute algorithm. Restore by turning the ULF corner counter clockwise.
    4.The UL edge should be solved.
    5.rotate cube 180degrees so your solved UL becomes UR
    6.rotate the ULF corner clockwise setting up your edges for the alg.
    7. Execute alg (you may need to do this twice)
    8.Restore corner.

    Now all you have to do is finish the center corner pieces and you’re good.

    Hope this helps! :)

  9. Ben Mayes says:

    Hey Jake! Thank you very much for your very good tutorial! Its very well put together! I was hoping and asking if you were planning on making a Youtube tutorial using this method. I have been able to solve my cube maybe 3 times in dozens of tries mainly because I have a very hard time with the last step (the inner corner pieces). You seem to be the only person who has supplied a working tutorial Master Skewb tutorial that I can find online and being able to see you solve it and go through it step by step would be awesome!

    Thanks again!

    P.S. I also loved your Rex Cube tutorial and I have learned to solve it flawlessly because of it.. However as I was working on Master Skewb I noticed how similar the two cubes are, and I ‘m wondering if It’s possible to solve like a rex cube (The Master Skewb) excluding the corners.. The corner pieces seem to be the only difference.. And then maybe for the corners at the end try some 3-cycles to orientate and permute corners? Idk just a thought, have you tried this?

  10. Jake Rueth says:

    Hi Ben! Thank you so much for the kind words, I’m glad I was able to help! I’ve been thinking about making a youtube video for it, but have been too busy. I’m glad my method helped you for the Rex cube, and you can interchange the same algs for the puzzles as it is fairly similar. You almost have to do the skewb solve at the beginning to keep the corners though. I’ve played around with solving the corners last and can’t find an easy way to do it that way as most 3 cycles will ruin the inner pieces. I’ll shoot you an email if I get the Master Skewb Video finished.

  11. Arnaud says:

    Hi Jake, can you make a video tutorial, please ? :)
    I can solve skewb, so I can solve your first step.
    When it comes to the 2nd step, I’m stump. It looks easy on your pictures but the edges are all over the place ! Any way to align them so that we can follow the 2 steps you mention above ?


  12. Lee says:

    Thanks for the algos but I still don’t understand. Video tuts would be great. Thanks.

  13. Moira says:

    Jake, video helps would be nice, it’s so confusing especially the 2nd steps. Most of us know how to solve step 1.

  14. Husenap says:

    really nice solution! have a question BTW… I Am finished with everything but i have 2 inner corners that have switched positions? need help ! Thx =)

  15. husenap says:

    Hey! really nice tutorial! I have a question BTW.. if I have one orange inner corner on the red side and one red inner corner on the orange side, how am I supposed to get this right??? please help ASAP!

  16. Jake Rueth says:

    Thanks for commenting, I will be working on video tutorials soon. Thanks for inquiring and good luck with your cubing!

  17. Jake Rueth says:

    Thanks for commenting Lee, Videos will be coming soon in a new post. I’m hoping to make them by the end of the week. Regards, Jake

  18. Jake Rueth says:

    Thanks for the feedback Moira! I’ll be working on videos soon. I’m hoping to get them up by the end of the week.

  19. Jake Rueth says:

    Hi Thanks for commenting. That is common issue at the end of solving the cube. This is where experience using 3 cycle algorithms come in handy. You will need to substitute a new color or try and add a red or orange to the cycle of pieces. I usually look for a common color that both pieces share (if I can get them in the same cycle). For example, you may need to use two yellow corners to cycle your orange in place. You will need to do some set up rotations for it to work. I will try and have video tutorials up soon. I hope that makes sense, good luck with the cubing!

  20. Samuel says:

    Hi, I need help with the second step. I always ends up with three unsolved edges in the “M” layer. How to solve that case?

  21. Fred says:

    Stuck on the second step

  22. Moira says:

    Thanks Jake, though I’m still waiting for the video tuts ! :) I understand what you mean with substituting/aligning the 3 cycle pieces. I have solved the master skewb once using trial & error method but still using the method you mention.
    The 2nd time I tried to solve it again was 1 week ago…& I still couldn’t solve it !
    Back to square one, I’m afraid.

  23. Jake Rueth says:

    Hi Samuel, you’ll need to position the edges to execute one of the algs provided. You’ll need to do some setup turns but it shouldn’t be to hard. Good luck!

  24. Jake Rueth says:

    Hi Fred, sorry to hear you’re stuck. I can’t help you unless you give me more details. Keep trying!

  25. Jake Rueth says:

    Hey Moira, sorry for the delay, videos are up now. I hope they help. Keep me posted!

  26. Fedex says:

    Hi, I’ve been trying to solve it like a REX cube and then solve the corners… but I only did it once and it was luck at the end I got all the corners in the right spot but not well oriented and it was easy to orient them. But the rest of the times I get swapped corners. I still don’t get Jake’s way to swap corners, can u explain a lil bit more please?

  27. Jake Rueth says:

    Hi, Thanks for commenting and sorry to hear you are getting stuck. Are you talking about the outer corners or the inner corners?
    If you are talking about the outer corners, I solve those right at the beginning as its way more difficult to solve them at the end. I don’t even know a good way to do it that doesn’t involve destroying the edges and centers that are already solved.

    If you are talking about the inner corners, I posted some videos that might be helpful for you to watch: MASTER SKEWB VIDS
    Let me know if this helps! Good luck!

  28. Brian says:

    The only thing that confuses first is the notation since I used to regular 3×3 one, but the rest are easily understood, including setup and undo move idea. I have no idea how can someone figure this puzzle out. Comparing to rubik’s cube with hundreds variation of solution methods, can the same amount of methods be found on master skewb? Thank You for the tuts

  29. shon says:

    i need help solving the edges i have made a video on youtube showing the problem and i really need help because i get to the same case every time
    thanks for reading
    here is the link

  30. Jake Rueth says:

    Hello, your link to the youtube video claims you have removed the video, so I can’t see what case you are encountering. Please let me know and I will do my best to explain how to work around it. I also suggest to go watch the videos on my blog post: as this may answer the questions you may have. Good luck!

  31. Jake Rueth says:

    Hi Brian, thanks for the post, this solution is just the approach I would take to solving the puzzle. It may not be the most efficient or the best method out there. I’m sure with enough practice and enough people working to solve the Master Skewb, more methods and algorithms will surface. Good luck with your solving!

  32. Niklas N. says:

    Hi Jake,
    I come from Germany, but you help my a lot.
    Thank you. 😀

  33. Leo says:

    Hi man!
    I got this qube for a christmas present. And started the hunt for a solve.
    A few days laiter i dropped it on the floor and the majority of all the pieces fell of.
    Do you know how to put it back together? If so, can you please tell me a good method?

    Sorry for maybee bad english.

    Thanks for your time

  34. Jake Rueth says:

    Thank you so much for the kind comment! I appreciate it!! Good luck with all of your cubing!

  35. Jake Rueth says:

    Sorry to hear about the cube falling apart. I haven’t really taken mine apart at all to be much help. I hope you got it figured out.
    Good luck!

  36. Pontus says:

    This was very helpful to me, and even though I had to rebuild it because it kept popping and I replaced the pieces wrongly, in the end I was able to solve it.
    Thanks alot!

  37. Justin says:

    Well now I have run into another problem (which I’m sure I wqill find a solution to like last time, I just feel the need to share this with others who run into the same situation)
    On the last step I have all of the inner corners solved except for 2. And this is a 3 edge cycle, so I’m confused on how I’m supposed to fix this. I think it works like Parity on a 4x4x4 when you only have 2 Dedges left to solve. You have to sacrifice one to put the cube in a state where it has 3 unsolved pieces. I’ll try that.

  38. Justin says:

    Wow. I tried a lot of things. No idea what to do. I kept sacrificing different pieces and trying tons of different set up moves (they got up to 3 turns long) and nothing ever worked. I cannot get it to a point where there is only 3 pieces left. always 5, 4, or 2. Anytime I try to eliminate 2 at once from the 5 it doesnt work. 5 only eliminates 1 or all 3, leaving me with 2 or 4 pieces. 4 only eliminates 2 EVERY time no matter how I turn it leaving me with 2. and 2 eliminates 1, but sacrifices another bringing me back to 2. So I have no idea what to do. I tried S and M setup moves and that didnt work either… Maybe I just need to keep fiddling.

  39. Jake Rueth says:

    Hi Justin, Sorry for not getting back to you sooner. Let’s say you are left with a blue inner corner and an Orange inner corner left to swap. This is not a rare case and will often happen that only 2 pieces in the end need swapping. The trick here is to set it up for a 3 cycle where you are moving 2 blues and one orange or 1 blue and 2 oranges. You may have to do the move twice in order to cycle the group into place. I hope this helps! Good luck!

  40. Jake Rueth says:

    Also, I forgot to mention, if it is too challenging or time consuming to set up a second blue or yellow, I may introduce an already solved 3rd color that is common to both sides. I may implement white for example and cycle blue-orange-white until my blue or orange piece is solved. Then whatever is left you can cycle using 2 whites and either the blue or orange that is left. I hope this makes sense!

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