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Super Hexagon 101 : Know your Patterns
By JiminP
In this guide, I demonstrate some features, patterns, and tips of each seven levels.
Sorry if I missed some patterns..
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Introduction
(There might be some missing patterns or wrong informations in this guide. Comment if you discovered something wrong.)

In Super Hexagon, a lot of "patterns" appear. Knowing these patterns is quite important to clear levels in Super Hexagon, because when you see some patterns you know, you can predict what will come next.

Knowing patterns may not be significant in Hexagon and Hexagoner (because they are quite slow and you can see the whole thing; you may remember some tricky patterns and beat the levels), but it is significant in Hexagonest and becomes very important in Hyper Hexagonest.

First, before begin the guide, I will define some words.

Definitions
The Pointer is the thing you're controlling.
A Part is a part of sides of a hexagon(, pentagon, or square) which you should avoid through it's hole(s).
A Pattern is a collection of parts (or a whirlpool) which appears many times.
A C-shaped part is most abundant part in Super Hexagon. It's the shape which only one sides of polygon is not blocked.
1 unit is the amount how much you rotate to move the pointer from a side to a neighboring side.
I considered using "ortho", "meta", and "para" to describe 1, 2, and 3 units.
R = 1 unit CW, and L = 1 unit CCW. M is either R or L.
2R = 2 unit CW, where RR is two 1 unit CW movement.

Basic facts about each level
There are three basic levels, Hexagon, Hexagoner, and Hexagonest, which difficulties are (resp.) Hard, Harder, and Hardest.
Every basic levels last 60 seconds, and after 60 seconds, game continues on Hyper mode.

A hyper mode lasts 120 seconds (except Hyper Hexagonest). In Hyper Hexagon, after 60 seconds, background turns from blue to red (everything else are same), and after 120 seconds, game continues on Hyper Hexagoner. In Hyper Hexagoner, after 60 seconds, colors are reversed (also everything else are same), and after 120 seconds, game continues on Hyper Hexagonest. In Hyper Hexagonest, after 60 seconds, the black-white mode appears, which is very different from Hyper Hexagonest, and lasts forever (I played it for over two minutes and nothing changed).

Let's look at Hexagon first.
Patterns in (Hyper) Hexagon
Features
Around 20s, a doubly holed part appears, and one of its two holes is closed (pictured right) and turns Super Hexagon into Super Pentagon. ("the pentagon mode")
After that, after some patterns appear, either a C-shape appear and turns pentagon into square, or striped pentagon appear and turns into C-shaped striped hexagon. The duration of each polygon mode is not unique (sometimes short, sometimes long, but not very much).

Patterns
When in the hexagon mode, these patterns appear.
PictureName (for reference in this guide) and tips.
Solo
Some single bodies with one, two, or three holes, with or without stripes.
Tips
Watch out for Solo followed by 3-unit turn. Turn a bit earlier.
Triple C
Three C-shaped parts, which adjacent parts' holes are 3 units apart. (It seems that it's not just three Soloes.)
Tips
Because of this pattern, it is quite common to rotate 3 units twice. However, you should not assume that every two opposite C-shaped parts are part of this pattern. Some are just two Soloes, and there might be third Solo in other direction.
Whirlpool
A whirlpool in either (CW or CCW) direction.
Bat
A two-way pattern.
Tips
Press three times (MMM rather than 3M) is recommended.
Ladder
A zig-zag pattern.
Stair 1
(Only in hyper mode)
Several parts having 3-unit distance holes, and each parts' holes are 1 unit apart.
Tips
Be get used to this pattern by knowing when and how much to rotate.
321
(Only in hyper mode)
M-shaped pattern where you have to move 3, 2, then 1 unit.
Tips
You should move as early as possible, but (of course) not too early.
It is recommended to do 3M then 2M in different orientation than do 3M then 2M in same orientation.
Mode changer
The pattern I described earlier.
Tips
It takes "some" time to close one hole. However, you should not expect this delay for every 2-holed parts.

When in the pentagon mode, similar patterns appear.
PictureName (for reference in this guide) and tips.
Mode changer
The pattern that changes mode from pentagon to hexagon.
Solo
Triple C
Three C-shaped parts appear which adjacent parts' holes are 2 units apart (in staggered direction).
Tips
You should watch carefully (especially when several Triple-Cs and Soloes are mixed) what direction the pattern is staggered.
Bat
Mode Changer
The pattern that changes mode from pentagon to square.
A very important fact of the pentagon mode is this: in the hexagon mode, 3R = 3L, however, in the pentagon mode, 2R ≠ 2L. This makes the pentagon mode quite tricky, because the direction of rotationg also matters.

When in the square mode, following patterns appear.
PictureName (for reference in this guide) and tips.
Mode Changer
The pattern that changes mode from square to pentagon.
Solo
Double C
Two C-shaped parts with holes 1 unit apart.
Triple C
(Quintuple C? I don't know)
Whirlpool
Box with a cap
A C-shaped part following by a bar blocking the C-shaped part's hole.
At first time, these patterns may confuse you (especially the whirlpool). You may spend some time to be get used to these patterns.
Patterns in (Hyper) Hexagoner
Features
In Hexagoner level, there's no extraordinary features. However, some patterns may begin to annoy you.

I personally think that Hexagoner is actually the easiest level in the Super Hexagon.

Patterns
There are two patterns which appear in the basic mode but not in the Hyper mode. These patterns sometimes appear in the Hyper mode when you play the basic mode and the mode turns into Hyper, even in 90s. However, I have never seen these patterns after a pattern only in the Hyper mode appears, when I begin in the Hyper mode, or continue from the Hyper Hexagon mode.

PictureName (for reference in this guide) and tips.
Solo
Triple C
Multi C
The pattern where you should MMMMM in one direction.
Similar to Stair 1, but you can begin in only one direction.
Tips
Same tip in Stair 1 applies.
Double Whirlpool
(Only in hyper mode)
Whirlpool in both side, either in CW or CCW direction.
Tips
Do not lost where your pointer is.
Bat
321
Ladder
2-Spin
(Only in basic mode)
The pattern where you should move 2L 2R 2L... repeatedly.
Tips
You should move (and change direction) quite fastly.
And, this can be confused with 4-Spin (which is described below). Watch carefully to determine whether a pattern is 2-Spin or 4-Spin.
3-spin
(Only in hyper mode)
A hole from left, then 3R, 3L, 3R, then 3L.
4-Spin
(Only in basic mode)
A hole from right, then 4L, then 4R.
Tips
Do not confuse. (It looks like that it's easy, but this sometimes confused me... :/)
Rain
The pattern with several parts with three holes, and a cap (3-unit separated big things).
Tips
You should look at where your pointer is, because sometimes(1/3) the cap may kill you.
LRLR(or RLRL) is recommended.
(Is there Stair 1 or a single whirlpool? I haven't screenshot them)
Patterns in (Hyper) Hexagonest
Features
Unlike Hexagon and Hexagoner, the speed of pointer in Hexagonest is quite faster, therefore you may spend a lot of time to be used to this level.
In the basic Hexagonest level, occationally the whole things rotate in very high speed, makes the level harder. You may have to memorize the "feeling" how much you should move in each patterns.
In the Hyper Hexagonest level, there's no random spin, but the whole thing now rotates in high speed, makes you thinking "It's just impossible to beat this". However, with a lot of practice to recognize where your pointer is and what the pattern you're encountering, and, like the basic level did, knowing how much you should move in each pattern, you will beat the Hyper Hexagonest level and thus beat the Super Hexagon.

Patterns
(To be completed. Some patterns may not exist.)
PictureName (for reference in this guide) and tips.
Solo
Triple C
Double Whirlpool
Stair 2
(Only in hyper mode)
A pattern similar to Stair 1, but it's RRLLL!
Tips
This pattern will train you how much you should move when rotating a unit.
Start moving when your pointer is located inside a part of the pattern.
321
4-spin
Rain
(Is there a Bat or a Ladder? I haven't screenshot them)

Trivia
  • There's a bug that you can pass through wall one time in a Double Whrilpool, by rotating opposite direction.
  • Stair 2 can be done by RR and a long R spin. It's quite confusing to look but not hard to do. (You can do a long L spin instead of RR, but it is a bit harder.)
Patterns in Black-White mode
Features
Unlike other two Hyper modes, after 60 seconds of Hyper Hexagonest, this black-white mode appears. It is different from Hyper Hexagonest, because
  • First of all, it is not rotating (except some occational spins), which makes it harder.
  • Patterns in Hyper Hexagoner mode also appears in Hyper Hexagonest mode.

Not rotating makes everything HARDER
(and, why patterns are important)

You may think that the fact that there's no rotation makes it easier. However, it isn't, because you can't check top and bottom sides of a part until it comes close to you. This makes preparing for patterns very important, and makes black-white mode requiring a lot of different strategies from other Super Hexagon levels.

Look at the screenshot at right. Can you tell me which direction, top or bottom, I should move? (Ignore the Solo) If my pointer was at the bottom and the holw was at the top, I wouldn't be able to move 3 units because simple there's no time to move. If there was spin, I would be able to decide which direction I should rotate before it's too late. (Occational spins makes this easier.) Not rotating makes you to move pointer to (vertically) middle as much as possible. This is why this makes everything harder.

Look at the another screenshot at right. Which direction I should move? The answer is bottom obviously, but let's think about a moment earlier. If you watch a part that looks like <>, there are 10 possibilities.
  • C-shaped parts with a hole at the top or the bottom
  • Beginning of 321, either (top or bottom) direction
  • Stair-1 (RRRRR only)
  • Stair-2
  • ... and Multi-C, begins from the top or the bottom, either L (CCW) or R (CW).
This is why patterns become very important in the Black-White mode, because if you don't consider all the cases, you may die. (ex. Confusing Stair-1 and Stair-2, or Confusing Stair-1 and Multi-C)

Patterns
I will re-write tips from other levels, because some of those 'trivial' tips now become quite important. All texts are tips.
PictureName (for reference in this guide) and tips.
Solo
Watch out for Solo followed by 3-unit turn. Turn a bit earlier. Go to middle as much as possible.
Triple C
Because of this pattern, it is quite common to rotate 3 units twice. However, you should not assume that every two opposite C-shaped parts are part of this pattern. Some are just two Soloes, and there might be third Solo in other direction.
If you don't know where the hole is, go to middle and wait.

(Yes, I died right after I took this screenshot)
Multi C
Be get used to this pattern (and Stair 1) by knowing when and how much to rotate.
Again, wait if you don't know where the hole is.
Double Whirlpool
Do not lost where your pointer is.
Try goint to the (near) middle right after exiting this pattern, if feasible.
Stair 1
RRRRR only.
This pattern and Stair 2 can be distinguished by watching carefully when you do RR.
Assuming that a Stair is Stair 1 and find that it's actually Stair 2 is easier than the opposite.
Stair 2
(Read the tip at Stair 1)
321
You should move as early as possible, but (of course) not too early.
It is recommended to do 3M then 2M in different orientation than do 3M then 2M in same orientation.
Ladder
Just remember that top and bottom are not a good place to stay.
3-Spin
Every 3-Spin patterns starts with a hole at left. This means, if you see a 3-Spin with big white parts at right but can't determine whether the hole is at the top or at the bottom, the hole will be always at the bottom. This will help you a lot.
4-Spin
The direction of the first hole is opposite from that of a 3-Spin.
Rain
You should look at where your pointer is, because sometimes(1/3) the cap may kill you.
Again, top and bottom are not a good place to stay. Since it is always possible to move to middle, do that.
Always track where your pointer is, what the next pattern is, and where the hole is relative to your pointer when (you're, or the whole thing is) rotating. Or else you will die.

If you want know more about the black-white mode, you can read my little guide about black-white mode.

Congratulation! Now you became a part of the vicious cycle of score-inflation!
Conclusion
So, these are (hopefully) all patterns that appear in Super Hexagon.
Have fun!
94 Comments
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jpaedreira2 Dec 14 @ 6:40am 
I don't understand the meaning of CW
script kitty Nov 9 @ 4:11pm 
Here's a screenshot of what it looks like and where the player will be when attempting to phase through the Double Whirlpool:

http://i.imgur.com/OfAqyjM.png

Obviously, you will need to move one unit clockwise to counteract that. You can also go one unit with the spiral at the start, then begin pushing against it and you will be in the clear as you phase past the third arm.

Basically the movement algorithm looks like this.
tap 3x AGAINST the spiral while having a wall to your side
move 1 WITH the spiral

You can do those in either order.
script kitty Nov 9 @ 4:11pm 
So if you want to be flashy, as you approach the spiral going, for example, counterclockwise, tap the button to go clockwise three times in a rapid succession instead. This is a bit different from simply moving one unit left or right in that you want to tap the button only when having a wall to your side. You are making sure the pointer is aligned right next to that wall each time so that you can slip past the arms. If you end up crashing, either you moved too much and probably ended up in a dead end, or your timing was a bit off.

Speaking of dead ends, each one of the arms ends in a small dead-end segment that does not have gaps in it. That's the section you crash into when you accidentally go past the first arm and think you can do that again if you just keep pushing blindly in the opposite direction. If you phase through the three arms starting from the pattern inlet, you will end up facing a dead-end.

{cont'd...)
script kitty Nov 9 @ 4:11pm 
Here's some tricks / "MLG pro strats" you can do to impress your Super Hexagon-playing friends if having a very high score no longer cuts it:

Stair 2

There's, like, 10 different ways to maneuver around that pattern. The intuitive one is RRLLL since it's the easiest one to see and perform. But you can, for example, never go right and instead move 2L 2L LLL. Keep experimenting and find a way that looks crazy enough.

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Double Whirlpool (Hyper Hexagonest)
As you may be aware, the pointer can actually slip through the double spiral's arms. To do so, you must push towards the wall opposite to the direction the spiral is going. You might have discovered this by accident while trying to go the wrong way and not dying upon hitting the break between the walls. The spirals in the Double Whirlpool pattern have three arms. You can phase through every one of them.

(cont'd...)
andrewb Nov 1 @ 1:43pm 
I was wondering whether there was a guide on patterns and there is! I'm happy I found this since I just couldn't figure out Stair 2 in hyper hexagonest...it's the worst thing ever, everything else is doable but I always lost it on Stair 2 x)
Aerli Oct 15 @ 6:23pm 
Rain is literally the most annoying pattern for me. It's the only thing I get stuck on in Hexagoner and Hyper Hexagoner.
Breloque Oct 2 @ 5:01am 
Oh god, I found this so-good-guide after burning my brain until the end... Excellent work, thanks JiminP ! !!
@JiminP Ohhhhhh thanks :D
JiminP  [author] Sep 3 @ 2:44am 
Oops. I forgot to add patterns. :(
@TheMelonLord: stair 1 is in one direction (RRRRR or LLLLL) where stair 2 is RRLLL.
I'm still confused about stair 2... Are you saying that you do e same thing as stair 1?