5x5 Cube Notations

Want to learn the correct notation for the 5x5 Rubik's Cube? Look no further than KewbzUK. 

In this guide we will look at the correct notations for the 5x5 Speed Cube.

Please Note: All images used in this guide are generic pictures of  Speed Cubes and may not be genuine Rubik's brand cubes. All images are for illustrational and educational purposes only.

Check out our other articles for 4x4 Notation, 6x6 Notation and more.

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official 5x5 wca notations

The WCA 5x5 notation is the official notation set out by the World Cubing Association and is the correct notation for all official WCA scrambles. 

In the images below the part of the puzzle that is greyed out is the part of the puzzle which does not move. The pieces in colour are the pieces that will move.


Single Layer Notations

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When You see an UPPERCASE "U" you should move the very top layer in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation.

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When You see a lowercase "u" you should move the second layer from the top in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation.

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When You see an UPPERCASE "L" you should move the far left layer in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation.

When You see a lowercase "u" you should move the second layer from the left in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation.

When You see an UPPERCASE "R" you should move the far right layer in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation.

When You see a lowercase "r" you should move the second layer from the right in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation.

When You see an UPPERCASE "B" you should move the very back layer in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation.

When You see a lowercase "b" you should move the second layer from the back in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation.

When You see an UPPERCASE "F" you should move the very front layer in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation.

When You see a lowercase "f" you should move the second layer from the front in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation.

When You see an UPPERCASE "D" you should move the very bottom layer in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation.

When You see a lowercase "d" you should move the second layer from the bottom in either a clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation.


Dual Layer Notations

An UPPERCASE "U" next to a lowercase "u" means to rotate both of the top layers either clockwise or anti-clockwise.

An UPPERCASE "D" next to a lowercase "d" means to rotate both of the bottom layers either clockwise or anti-clockwise.

An UPPERCASE "L" next to a lowercase "l" means to rotate both of the left hand layers either clockwise or anti-clockwise.

An UPPERCASE "R" next to a lowercase "r" means to rotate both of the right hand layers either clockwise or anti-clockwise.

An UPPERCASE "F" next to a lowercase "f" means to rotate both of the front layers either clockwise or anti-clockwise.

An UPPERCASE "B" next to a lowercase "b" means to rotate both of the back layers either clockwise or anti-clockwise.


Middle Slice Notations

An "E" slice is performed by rotating the center slice as shown in the image above.

An "M" slice is performed by rotating the center slice as shown in the image above.

An "S" slice is performed by rotating the center slice as shown in the image above.

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