RiDo's Hunting Story for solving the F2L of the Rubik's Cube


RiDo’s Hunting Story for F2L

The easiest F2L tutorial for beginners! (View responses)
Amusing tips, tricks & ideas on RiDo’s Bonus Video

Want to know how to solve the F2L of the Rubik's Cube easily? Can't figure out how the pieces move around the cube? Hate memorizing algs? You've come to the right place. This is your source for "F2L made easy"

Intro: The Fridrich (or CFOP) method is one of the most popular and fastest ways to solve a Rubik’s cube. In under 1 min to around 15-20 sec. However in CFOP (Cross-F2L-OLL-PLL) the F2L (First two layers) is tricky, time consuming and crucial as there are 42 possible cases. 41 plus 1 solved case. Solving them by intuition can be a pain in the beginning. And you should not memorize all 41 cases. Here’s where RiDo’s Hunting Story comes to the rescue and makes life easy! Very very easy! With this story you can solve the Fridrich F2Ls quickly without any brain stress or algorithm memorization. And you'll keep improving…

Concept: You have the bunny ears’ story for tying shoelaces. Similarly you now have ‘RiDo’s Hunting Story’ for building your F2Ls easily.

Teach yourself intuitive F2L in 30 mins flat!
If you are very new to cubing, please learn the beginners method first
RiDo's Hunting Story [PART 1 of 2]
(skip directly to 4:30 if you know what the f2l is)

RiDo's Hunting Story [PART 2 of 2]

Hows that!? Cool! Now... I've added a little something for you. RiDo’s Bonus Video!. This video shows unusual tips, tricks and ideas, which both beginners and advanced people will enjoy. Here we go...

RiDo's Bonus Video

Thrilled? I’m sure you are! Hope you've learnt a lot and are now a better cuber/cubist ... not now :)
An enormous amount of solo effort has gone into content research and video production. I'd appreciate if you visit the FB page.
Discussions here.

For PLL pattern recognition (advanced last layer thing) visit this page.

For improving look ahead and solving fast visit this post

Happy hunting, happy cubing!
Rishi Doshi
Author - RiDo's Hunting Story

P.S. Keeping our younger audiences in mind, cartoonish animal characters are selected instead of real hunting footages.

PLL Patterns & Algorithms (Excel + PDF)

Here’s a little tool that will be helpful when you learn the PLLs. Unique patterns, that are needed to identify the permutation, have been marked alongside the respective perm and algorithm.

What are PLL Patterns?
Ever wondered how speed cubers quickly recognize which (out of 21) perm to execute? They do not imagine those scary red and blue arrows on yellow squares (that show how the pieces move). Nobody does! They recognize patterns that are made after the completion of the OLL step. So patterns are basically … well, watch badmephisto’s pll recognition video and you’ll come to know what I’m talking about. I have only sketched what badmephisto has taught in the video. So this tool can be thought of as a printable version of that video. Shown in the sample image below are headlights and 2-pair blocks.

Sample Image

Benefits of excel over jpeg? ... Easy Customization!
You can endlessly customise it without the worry of photoshop layers.
- Rotate the images as you like.
- Edit recognition patterns the way you personally recognize them.
- Add/Edit algs, notes as needed... and so on

A member (oll+phase+sync) suggested that you can even mark an arrow for the way a block/layer starts moving, depending on which alg you favour.

In the file I've put 2 options:
1. Large diagrams where you can write your own notes - 3 page print.
2. Small diagrams - 1 page print (back to back)

Download version 1.01. (PDF version also available)
PLL Patterns Excel file PLL Patterns PDF file

Recognize PLL by seeing 2 sides

1. G perm not working?

Just did a G perm and still left with a U perm? Well, it was an A perm to begin with. It happens when you are new and hasty. Look behind the headlights too. You'll find a 3 block!

2. Determine which way to swap the corners for the E Perm:


RiDo's Hunting Story for F2L

credits: badmephisto
You must visit his pll page to learn how to execute the pll algs. He has explained it nicely.

Forum discussion here.

And don’t worry, it’s not a crime to refer to such sheets. Many cubers mark these headlights/patterns on the standard pll figures, with marker pens, when they learn. So it’s nothing new.

For improving F2L look ahead and solving fast visit this post