Rubiks cube patterns

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Patterns can make a bland Rubik's Cube a lot more exciting and if you memorize them, you can really impress your friends! In this article, there will be many patterns along with algorithms to show how to make patterns from a solved cube. (See Notation for what the sequences mean.)

Rubik's Cube Pattern Algorithms

Checkerboard (Pons Asinorum)

L2 R2 F2 B2 U2 D2 (or) M2 E2 S2

Twisted Checkerboard (Saltires)

F B2 R' D2 B R U D' R L' D' F' R2 D F2 B'

Checkerboard of order 6

R' D' F' D L F U2 B' L U D' R' D' L F L2 U F'

Checkerboard With T and U

D2 R2 L2 F2 B2 (or) D2 M2 S2


F U F R L2 B D’ R D2 L D’ B R2 L F U F    

Middle Stripes

(M F2 M2 B2 M) y (M F2 M2 B2 M)


L2 R2 B2 F2

Rudicks Cube

(M F2 M2 B2 M) y (M F2 M2 B2 M) D2

Cube in a Cube

F L F U' R U F2 L2 U' L' B D' B' L2 U

Cube in a Cube in a Cube

U’ L’ U’ F’ R2 B’ R F U B2 U B’ L U’ F U R F’

Cube in a Cube in a Cube With Exchanged Rings

B’ U’ B’ L’ D B U D2 B U L D’ L’ U’ L2 D


U F B' L2 U2 L2 F' B U2 L2 U

Plummer's Cross

R2 L' D F2 R' D' R' L U' D R D B2 R' U D2

Four Crosses

B2 F2 D' L2 R2 U2 B2 F2 U' R D2 L2 R2 U2 R'


L U B' U' R L' B R' F B' D R D' F'


F2 R' B' U R' L F' L F' B D' R B L2

Black Mamba

R D L F' R L' D R' U D' B U' R' D'

Green Mamba

R D R F R' F' B D R' U' B' U D2

Female Rattlesnake

U2 D' L2 D B U B' R' L2 U2 F U' F R

Male Rattlesnake

R' F' U F' U2 R L2 B U' B' D' L2 U2 D

Female Boa

R U' R2 U2 F D2 R2 U' D' R D' F'

Male Boa

F D R' U D R2 D2 F' U2 R2 U R'

Six spots

E M E M E M E M (or) E M E' M'

Four spots

U2 M2 U2 M2 B2 M2 B2 (or) (M or M') (E2 or S2) (M or M') (E2 or S2)

Orthogonal bars

F R' U L F' L' F U' R U L' U' L F'

Six T's

F2 R2 U2 F' B D2 L2 F B


U B2 D2 L B' L' U' L' B D2 B2

Exchanged peaks

F U2 L F L' B L U B' R' L' U R' D' F' B R2

Two twisted peaks

(F B' or S') U F U F U L B L2 B' U F' L U L' B

Four twisted peaks

U' D B R' F R B' L' F' B L F R' B' R F' U' D

Exchanged chicken feet

F L’ D’ B’ L F U F’ D’ F L2 B’ R’ U L2 D’ F

H pattern

U2 R2 L2 F2 B2 U2 R2 L2 F2 B2


U R2 F B R B2 R U2 L B2 R U' D' R2 F R' L B2 U2 F2 (or) (M' U M' U M' U M' U x y') x 3

India's and Sierra Leone's Flags

L R' U D B D2 B2 D' 

Note: Start with Blue in front and White on top; it will not work otherwise. Sierra Leone's flag will be upside down; it should be Blue, White and Green on the White side, so turn it around (y2) for the flag right side up. You won't see the chakra for the Indian flag.)

Three Edge Switch

F' L' B' R' U' R B L F U for clockwise

(F' L' B' R' U' R B L F U)2 for counterclockwise
or U' F' L' B' R' U R B L F

(D2 R2 L2 F2 B2) x 2


(D2 M2 S2 D B D B D B D2 L R' F R2 L2 R2 L2 R2 F2 F4) x 2

R2 U D F2 B2 U D L2

M2 U2 M2 U2

Ying Yang

R L B F R L U’ D’ F’ B’ U D

Twisted Ying Yang

L R F B U’ D’ L’ R’

2 Hs

U2 R2 L2 D2 R2 L2 (or) U2 M2 U2 M2

2 Checkerboards

R2 U2 L2 D2 R2 U2 L2 D2 R2 U2 L2 D2

Flower Pattern

L' R U D F B' R L' M2 E2 S2

Results of the above


Pons Asinorum


Saltires (twisted checkerboards)


Checkerboard of order 6


Checkerboard With T and U



Middle Stripes

Middle Stripes



Rudicks Cube

Rudicks Cube

Cube in a Cube

Cube in a Cube

Cube in a Cube in a Cube

Cube in a Cube in a Cube

Cube in a Cube in a Cube With Exchanged Rings

Cube in a Cube in a Cube With Exchanged Rings



Plummer's cross

Plummer's cross

Four Crosses

Four Crosses





Black Mamba

Black Mamba

Green Mamba

Green Mamba

Female Rattlesnake

Female Rattlesnake

Male Rattlesnake

Male Rattlesnake

Female Boa

Female Boa

Male Boa

Male Boa

Rubik's Revenge Patterns


Two centres swapped (this is possible only on even-order cubes); not very interesting in itself, but a possible basis for other patterns. Has anyone got an algorithm? (l2 f2 b2) x2


Checkerboards and stripes.

F2b2 U2d2 L2r2


Cube in a cube in a cube in a cube.

Four checkerboards.

F2b2 U2d2 L2r2 U2d2

Vertical stripes.

F2b2 U2d2 L2r2 U2d2 L2r2

Professor's Cube Patterns

The following are all possible; if anyone knows an efficient algorithm for any of these, please add it.


Super Pons Asinorum

L2M2R2 U2E2D2 F2S2B2

or l2r2 u2d2 f2b2


Cube in a cube in a cube in a cube in a cube


Dots. The U face is the logo of the Royal Air Force and of The Who.


Six rings to rule them all!


Four-dot pattern r' l u d' r l' u' d


Another four-dot pattern l2 r2 u2 d2 f2 u2 l2 r2 d2 f2

Prof es.svg

B22 F22 D2' B22 F22 D22 L22 R22 U2' L22 R2' B22 F22 U22 B22 F22 U22 R2'




Four diamond checkerboards.


Six diamond checkerboards.


Four diamonds.


Six diamonds.

Pyramorphix Patterns

In the following, "F" means a turn of the red-yellow edge (if the Pyramorphix is held in the illustrated position, which of course it need not be). "L" means a turn of the red-blue edge, and "R" a turn of the yellow-blue edge.
F2 L2 R2 L2
(every face shows all four colours)
F2 L2 R2 F2

Impossible Patterns

Unfortunately, some desirable patterns turn out to be impossible. The two below were both featured as jokes on badges (captioned "Try this one!") in the 1980s.


Impossible due to positional parity


(the stripes outline a tetrahedron)
Impossible due to corner twist




Pyraminx Crystal

Pyraminx Crystal (in Ultimate Magic Cube) showing the equivalent of the Checkerboard pattern


I guess that's why they call it the Windmill Cube...
(apologies to Elton John)

3x5x5 Super X-Cube

Even the X-Cube can get in on the fun.


Dots on a Helicopter Cube. (Red is opposite white, yellow opposite orange and green opposite blue.)

Stickered mirror checks

Pons Asinorum applied to a stickered Mirror Cube



Introduction: Rubik's Cube Patterns

Step 1: Here Is the Faces Chart

Step 2: Staircase Pattern

R L'
Turn Your Cube and Repeat Until Staircase Pattern Shows Up

Step 3: Crosses Pattern

Go to staircase pattern. Make 2 staircases converge on the bottom right piece and 2 staircases converge on top left piece. Hold with side that is completely solved as front face and do staircase algorithm.

Step 4: Checkerboard Pattern

L2 R2 U2 D2 F2 B2
To Reverse it and get back to a solved cube just do the algorithm again.

Step 5: Center Switcher

L' R U D' F' B L' R

Step 6: Cube Within a Cube Within a Cube

This is my favorite.
U' L U' F' R2 B R F U B2 U B L' U' F U R F'

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Tricks of Rubik’s Cube (Patterns) – Impressing your friends

There are some tricks of Rubik’s cube you could learn to impress your friends. These tricks don’t require you to know its solution, anyone with the algorithms can perform the tricks.

Only one requirement is that the cube should be in solved position before performing the tricks on it.

Rubik’s cube Patterns – Tricks to impress

  1. 24 moves trick
  2. Cube within cube
  3. Cube within a cube within a cube
  4. The checkerboard
  5. The wire
  6. Unmatched cross
  7. Perpendicular lines
  8. Turned tips
  9. Plus Minus
  10. Vertical Lines
  11. Gift Box
  12. Cross
  13. Four Spots
  14. Six Spots
  15. 2 H-Pattern
  16. 6 H-Pattern
  17. Displaced Motif
  18. Conclusion

24 moves trick

One of the tricks of Rubik’s cube, that lets you solve it with 24 moves. This is done by simply repeating four moves 6 times, which brings the cube back in its original position from which you did start.

Algorithm: [R Ui Ri U ] x 6

You can either move L instead of R, whichever you feel comfortable with.

Cube within cube

I like this pattern a lot. This will make it look like, one 2×2 cube is fitted inside the 3×3 cube.

rubik's cube tricks

Algorithm:F L F Ui R U F2 L2 Ui Li B Di Bi L2 U

This pattern can be brought back to its solved position by either performing the algorithm opposite to it, or performing the same algorithm twice.

Cube within Cube within Cube

This is just an advanced version of cube within cube, it gives a total of 3 cubes.

rubik's cube tricks

Algorithm:U’ L’ U’ F’ R2 B’ R F U B2 U B’ L U’ F U R F’

The checkerboard

This pattern is simple with all its faces with the edge pieces of colour of the opposite face.

rubik's cube tricks

Algorithm: M2 E2 S2

The wire

This pattern looks like the four adjacent faces of the cube have a wire tangled around in a crisscross pattern.

rubik's cube tricks

Algorithm:R L F B R L F B R L F B R2 B2 L2 R2 B2 L2

ALSO READ:“Everything about the Rubik’s Cube – You never knew.“

Unmatched Cross

All the center pieces have four different edge pieces attached to it.

rubik's cube tricks

Algorithm:L2 D’ B2 L2 B2 D’ F2 D U’ B2 L B2 F’ L B’ F U’ F’ U L2

Perpendicular lines

Four of the six adjacent faces have perpendicular line with colour of the opposite face.

rubik's cube tricks

Algorithm: R2′ U2′ R2′ U2′ R2′ U2′ L2 D2 L2 D2 L2 D2 L2 R2′

Turned Tips

Two opposite corners of the cube are turned clockwise and anticlockwise respectively.

rubik's cube tricks

Algorithm: U B D’ F2 D B’ U’ R2 D F2 D’ R2 D F2 D’ R2

Plus Minus

The four adjacent faces of the cube gets plus and minus sign alternatively.

rubik's cube tricks

Algorithm: U2 R2 L2 U2 R2 L2

ALSO READ:“8 Types of Rubik’s Cube You should try Today“

Vertical lines

This pattern gives the cube its four adjacent faces vertical lines.

rubik's cube tricks

Algorithm: F U F R L2 B D’ R D2 L D’ B R2 L F U F

Gift Box

This pattern looks like a plus sign is added to the Vertical Lines Pattern. It gives an illusion of a wrapped gift.

rubik's cube tricks

Algorithm: U B2 R2 B2 L2 F2 R2 D’ F2 L2 B F’ L F2 D U’ R2 F’ L’ R’


This gives the cube all its faces a cross pattern.

rubik's cube tricks

Algorithm: R2 L’ D F2 R’ D’ R’ L U’ D R D B2 R’ U D2

Four Spots

Four adjacent faces with different center pieces.

rubik's cube tricks

Algorithm: F2 B2 U D’ R2 L2 U D’

Six Spots

All the faces with different center pieces.

rubik's cube tricks

Algorithm: U D’ R L’ F B’ U D’

2 H-Pattern

Two opposite faces with HHHon it.

tricks of rubik's cube

Algorithm: M2 U2 M2 U2

6 H-Pattern

H on all the six faces of the cube.

tricks of rubik's cube

Algorithm: U2 R2 F2 U2 D2 F2 L2 U2

Displaced Motif

It looks like a 3x2x2 cube is placed within a 3x3x3 cube, but only can be seen from one side.

tricks of rubik's cube

Algorithm: L2 B2 D’ B2 D L2 U R2 D R2 B U R’ F2 R U’ B’ U’


So, we have discussed a lot of tricks and patterns of Rubik’s cube here which you can learn to impress your friends. Solving the cube is becoming common nowadays, therefore these tricks and patterns will bring some excitement among your friends.

To revert back the cube to its original position you need to perform the algorithm opposite to that of the respective algorithm.

If you want to learn how to solve Rubik’s cube, then go to“How to solve a Rubik’s cube in 1 minute? Beginner’s Guide”.

Learn all algorithm – AlgDb


One of the nicest things about solving (or “differently solving” ) the cube is this – you get to make patterns!

Rubik’s Cube Patterns are arrangements of the cube that have some nice symmetry to them. There are two kinds.

  • Some rubik’s cube patterns can be made by repeating the same moves over and over. So they are not only a pattern of pieces, but a pattern of moves. One example is the “Six Dots” pattern.
  • Other patterns can’t be made by any obvious pattern of moves, but they still look very nice. An example is the “Cube in a Cube” Rubik’s cube pattern.

Of course, you can also have

  • Positions that are made by repeating the same moves over and over, or by apparently random sequence of moves, but otherwise don’t look that nice.

Among cube experts, this third kind of pattern is called “all messed up”.

Below, I’ve listed a few of my favourite Rubik’s cube patterns. For each pattern, The link to each page contains a bigger picture, and also a movie showing how to make it.

The Checkerboard

One of the classic Rubik’s Cube patterns, and one of the easiest to make, too.

rubik's cube six X pattern
rubik's cube fish patternThe Fish Pattern

Here’s a nice simple pattern, with a fish on the top and bottom faces. It’s also easy to make.

Six Spots

Another classic Rubik’s Cube Pattern, also known as six dots or snake eyes.

six dots rubik's cube pattern
Rubik's Cube Pattern - Zig ZagZig Zag

This easy-to-make pattern paints a zig-zag stripe around the sides of the cube

Four Crosses

This pattern is closely related to the Zig Zag, and is almost as easy to make.

Four Crosses Rubik's Cube Pattern
Anaconda/Snake Rubik's Cube PatternAnaconda/Snake

This pattern has a wiggly curve that passes through all six faces

I’ll be adding more patterns to this list, so come back soon!


Patterns rubiks cube

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