2 Look PLL

These are the 7 permutation cases for permuting the last layer in only two looks. These algorithms appear EXACTLY as I perform them when I am solving the last layer, in speedcubing notation with rotations included in the algorithm. It should be noted that these are the algorithms that I find easiest to perform. However, you may find other algorithms better-suited for your own hands, so it is recommended to try many different algorithms for the same situation to find which one works best for your own style of cubing.

In each diagram, the edges that are being swapped or moved are denoted by the red arrows, while the corners that are being swapped are moved are shown with blue arrows.

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Permute Edges

Name Diagram Algorithm Comments
Ua (R U' R U) (R U) (R U') (R' U' R2) This is just a simple 3-edge cycle. It is almost as fast as the corner cycles. I solve this case with the bar at the front or the back.
Ub (R2 U) (R U R' U') (R' U') (R' U R') This is the inverse of the other U perm. I place my hands slightly differently for this algorithm. I solve this case with the bar at the front or the back.
H (M2' U) (M2' U2) (M2' U) M2' This is extremely easy to recognize and can be performed VERY quickly. The M'2 is actually performed as (M'M') with rapid pushing at the back face of the M layer with the ring and then middle fingers.
Z (M2' U) (M2' U) (M' U2) (M2' U2) (M' U2) The Z permutation is performed very similarly to the H perm. The last U2 is not necessary if you account for it before the algorithm.

Permute Corners

Name Diagram Algorithm Comments
Aa x (R' U R') D2 (R U' R') D2 R2 This is a basic corner 3-cycle. It is one of my favorite and fastest algorithms. Perform the D2s with the left hand and everything else with the right.
Ab x R2 D2 (R U R') D2 (R U' R) This is just the inverse of the other A perm.  It is performed in a very similar manner.
E x' (R U') (R' D) (R U R' D') (R U R' D) (R U') (R' D') This alg is just two orientations performed consecutively.