The best 2x2x2 solvers can solve the cube in a global average of under 2 seconds.
- Layer by layer (LBL) - One of the easiest ways to solve the 2x2x2 is just like the 3x3x3. First, you done one layer (as in a 3x3x3 beginner's method), then you can solve the orientation and permutation in two steps. Orient the last layer using an algorithm from 2-look OLL, pretending there is a cross on top, and finally do a PLL. Note that the 2x2x2 has a much higher chance of an OLL or PLL skip, as it has no edges. You can also sometimes use more efficient sequences, such as FRUR'U'F' for the "superman" orientation case.
- Ortega: Done one layer, then orients and permuteL both layers (PBL)
- Guimond: It first orients both layers, then permuting both layers (PBL)
There are a couple of very advanced methods for solving the 2x2x2. Due to the magnitude of algorithms required for these methods, these methods are only used by several speed cubers.
- CLL Method (42 algs)
- SOAP Method (58 algs)
- SS Method (60 algs)
- OFOTA Method (92 algs)
- EG Method (120 algs)
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