Goal for this step:
Completely solve the yellow side!
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When I do this move, I say the words “clock” out loud to mean “clockwise” and I say the word “counter” out loud to mean “counterclockwise.
This next move you get to memorize more stuff! Yeah, fun!
- Clock, Clock, Counter
- Clock, Clock, FLIP, Counter.
Just seven moves. Seven words to memorize. Can you memorize them? Notice that 3 words are almost the same as the last three words, except for the word “FLIP” in there. That might help you remember it. Close your eyes and try to repeat: “Clock, Clock, Counter” “Clock, Clock, FLIP, Counter”.
When you have it memorized really well, then proceed. Don’t proceed unless you can say the seven words out loud with your eyes closed while spinning in a circle. (Having trouble memorizing all these steps for the cube? Check out my cheat sheet.)
Alternate: Right, Top, Right, Top, Right… (forever!)
Okay, you have the steps memorized. Now what do we do with it? We are going to focus on the right of the cube and the top of the cube. Put your hand on the right. Now put your hand on the top. Now put your hand on the right. Now put your hand on the right. Are you feeling a pattern emerging here? That is all you have to worry about. Our main moves will alternate from right to top to right–over and over again. Just remember that we start with the right side. Can you remember that?
Okay, let’s put what we’ve learned together. you are going to start on the right side of the cube. Your pattern is right, top, right, top. It goes forever, remember? Now we apply our Clock, Clock, Counter, Clock, Clock, FLIP, counter.
Note: If it helps, don’t look at the cube when making the moves. Say out loud, “Clock, Clock, Countner, Clock, Clock, Flip, Counter”
The below shows the possible patterns you will see after you do your seven main moves. When you see a pattern, rotate the top of your cube so that it looks like the images below. After it is adjusted correctly, then do the main moves again. You keep doing the main moves until you end up with the yellow side completely covered. Then you’re done!
As explained before, you must turn the top of the cube to match the position of the patterns on “possible outcomes” above. Here is an example:
NOTE: Some people will loop through all possible outcomes forever and never arrive at the all-yellow goal. This endless loop is called “The Infinite Yellow”.
THOR: “If you have been cursed with The Infinite Yellow, it means that you are not worthy.”
If the top of your cube is completely yellow, then you’re done with this step! Or course, the two bottom row of colors on the sides should still be intact.
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9 thoughts on “Step 6 – The Yellow Fish”
You illustrate 4 possible outcomes of the
R U R’ U R U2 R’ move
There’s a 5th, I”ll call the two-headed fish. I haven’t determined the best way to orientate.
Also… If you have the fish and he doesn’t have the “food” on the right, see if he has food on the left if he’s facing right… if so, do the mirror image of the moves:
L’ U’ L U’ L’ U2 L
I get to this point 16 times over and it keeps taking me all through the possible outcomes one by one over and over, never fully solving the yellow. Why ???
Raquel, happy to help. When u get an outcome, make sure you view the outcomes at the bottom of the page. Orient your cube to match the orientation shown in the outcomes on the page. For instance, if u get the fish, make sure he is pointing bottom left. Then do the moves again. Hope that helps!
The only site where the explanation is quite easy to grasp. I gave up on solving the cube a while ago. After stumbling across this site, i got pumped again to give it a try. After several tries, i was able to solve the cube. I really appreciate your info on how to solve the cube. Much thanks to you sir.
There’s this one little variation which others have mentioned here, where we we end up cycling all the possible outcomes. No matter how many times we perform the moves. Can you please look into it? I have taken every step you’ve mentioned. Despite that i was unsuccessful in getting it right in this step. Hope you are able to get my doubt.
Exact same thing happened to me until I realized that after looking at the “possible outcomes” and adjusting the top layer as described, I was then erroneously starting the next series of steps with the “front” face instead of the “right face”, which is NOT adjacent to the left side shown in the possible outcomes diagram. I.e., the face adjacent to the “left face” as shown in the possible outcomes is the “front face”, not the “right” face (where the next sequence of steps needs to start).
But what if you get none of the possible outcomes?
I love this website. It has been so helpful
Why not just move the cube in position in step 6 instead of moving the top (upper)? Wouldn’t it be easier and more logical?
You are welcome to do it that way. That works too. I find that moving the top by flicking your finger is quicker than rotating the position of the entire cube. I think as you continue to practice, you’ll find moving the top to be the faster option. But, totally up to you.