Saturday, August 13, 2011

Skewb Ultimate

The Skewb Ultimate is a skewb variant which is in the shape of a dodecahedron. 

On the Skewb Ultimate, there are two types of pieces: the large pieces with four colours and the small pieces with three colours. When we solve this puzzle, we'll treat the large pieces as edges, four of the small pieces as centers, and four of the small pieces as corners.

The Basic Plot
  1. Solve edges and centers
  2. Solve corners

Step 1: Solve Edges and Centers

The edges and centers are solved as follows:
  1. Solve one face with simple twists.
  2. Solve two adjacent corners to this face so that a whole side, apart from one edge piece, is solved.
  3. Solve the remaining edge piece on this side.
  4. Solve the 3 remaining edge pieces on the top face.
This video will walk through the process in detail.

Step 2: Solve Corners

The outer corners can be cycled home without disturbing any other pieces by doing an edge piece series three times. By holding the puzzle pointing upwards, with a face (not an edge) in front, we can swap the corners FLD with FRD and also swap the Up corner with the one at DB. This video will explain.

Most of the time, you'll end up with 3 or 4 corners to solve. By applying the triple edge piece series, you'll either solve them all or else get to the position of having two corners to solve.

When you have two corners left, do the same thing to solve them.

And that's it. Your Skewb Ultimate is now solved. I trust this site has been helpful. If you have any questions or want some clarifications, please use the comments to do so.


  1. I read your blog.I thought it was great.. Hope you have a great day. God bless.


  2. I just commented on your video on youtube. I am getting severely stuck on placing the corners once the edge pieces are in place. I always end up having three corner pieces out of place and I cannot seem to cycle them in. No matter what I do, I end up with 3 out of place. Any thoughts?

  3. Interesting, I was expecting you to use the same solve as the skewb xtreme as the ultimate is just a shape mod of the xtreme. I use the xtreme method, you just need to transpose in your brain that the pieces with 4 colours (what you are calling edges) are the centre faces and the small pieces are the corners.