Capes (previously known as cloaks) are extremely rare vanity items and are worn in addition to the player's skin. There is currently no way to obtain a cape on one's own, although there are various client mods that allow players to obtain one, only visible to that player (or in some cases, other users of that mod). On the Console Edition and Pocket Edition some skins from various skin packs have capes. On the Pocket Edition there is a method of allowing capes to be used on custom skins through applying a texture pack that edits the steve.png and or alex.png skin files. Players on PC who legitimately have more than one cape can choose between which to wear by going to their profile on Minecraft.net.
|Mojang Cape (old design)||All Mojang AB employees have Mojang logo capes. This design was used from December 20, 2010 - October 7, 2015.|
|Mojang Cape (updated design)||All Mojang AB employees have Mojang logo capes. This design has been used since October 7, 2015.|
|Christmas Cape 2010||On December 24/25, 2010, all users were shown with this Christmas tree cape. This cape was not added to user accounts.|
|New Year's Cape||On New Year's Eve, 2010, all users were shown with this fireworks cape. This cape was not added to user accounts.|
|Bacon Cape||Miclee was given this cape by Notch, due to his idea of the Pigman. However, later it was removed from him due to other users asking Notch for personal capes. The cape was made by Miclee.|
|Millionth Customer Cape||This cape was made for akronman1, the lucky buyer of the 1,000,000th copy of Minecraft. The cape was made by @Kinten.|
|dannyBstyle's Cape||This cape was given to dannyBstyle.|
|JulianClark's Cape||This cape was given to JulianClark in return for bringing Notch the TV presenter and actor Ray Cokes.|
|Crowdin Translator Cape||This cape is given to translators on the Minecraft translation project at Crowdin. Originally, these capes were given out using a fair dice roll to 29 translators, with plans to give more capes to translators from time to time. Jeb later said that he canceled those plans after seeing abusive behavior from some translators like using auto-translation and down-voting legitimate translations.
As of May 7, 2016, it appears these plans have resumed, with the exact reason currently unknown.
|MineCon 2011 Attendees Cape||This cape was automatically added to all MINECON 2011 attendees' registered username.|
|MineCon 2011 Xbox Cape||A card was given to all MINECON 2011 attendees and contained a redemption code for Xbox Live. It uses the same design as the in-game cape from the PC version of Minecraft. The cape was then put on Minecraft: XBOX360 Edition as avatar downloadable content.|
|MineCon 2012 Attendees Cape||A redemption link for this cape was emailed to all registered MINECON 2012 attendees.|
|MineCon 2012 Xbox Cape||A card was given to all MINECON 2012 attendees upon check-in that contained a redemption code for Xbox Live. It uses the same design as the in-game cape from the PC version of Minecraft.|
|1st Birthday Xbox Cape||From May 9 to May 13, 2013, all players of the Xbox 360 edition were shown with this birthday cake cape (except for players using skins that have their own capes) to celebrate the 1st birthday of the Xbox edition of Minecraft. A PC version of the cape currently does not exist.|
|cheapsh0t's Cape||In October 2013, the user cheapsh0t received this cape for helping jeb and the Mojang team in Tokyo. The cape is identical to the Crowdin cape except for the Japanese flag on the reverse side of the cape.|
|MineCon 2013 Attendees Cape||On October 30, 2013 Tobias Mollstam of the Mojang Team tweeted out an image of the 2013 MINECON cape. The cape shows an extended piston on a green shaded background.|
|Scrolls Cape||On November 7, 2014 it was announced that there was a new Scrolls cape. Players who earned the Weekly First Place winner badge five times were given access to the cape. There are only nine users with this cape. As of September 30, 2015, it is no longer possible to earn this cape.
On December 11/12, 2014, all users were shown with this scrolls cape to celebrate the release of Scrolls. This cape was not added to user accounts.
|Mojira Moderator Cape||This cape was given to the Bug Tracker Moderators on December 25, 2014, and again from May 9, 2016 onwards.|
|Crowdin Chinese Translator Cape||On June 4, 2015, Powup333, Craft_Lawrence and sjjklh received this cape for playing vital roles on Crowdin Translation Project in Chinese. The cape is identical to the Crowdin cape except for the pixelated Chinese flag on the reverse side of the cape. This cape shares similar design style with cheapsh0t's Cape.|
|MineCon 2015 Attendees Cape||Unlike previous events, this cape is available on Console Edition from July 1–15.
A redemption link for this cape was emailed to all MINECON 2015 attendees who scanned their ticket at the entrance on July 4, 2015.
|Realms Mapmaker Cape||This cape was given to mapmakers who have followed the criteria as listed here.
As of September 20, 2016, thirty users own this cape.
|Cobalt Cape||Given out only to participants/winners of level-making competitions and the Cobalt League tournaments.
As of May 7, 2016, sixteen users own this cape.
|MrMessiah's Cape||This cape  was given to MrMessiah as a "thank you" for creating the BetterLight mod which is responsible for some of Minecraft's lighting and grass features. The cape was discussed in 2011, however it wasn't granted until 2015 for unknown reasons. The designer of the cape is uncertain but MrMessiah believes it was Jeb.|
|Prismarine Cape||This cape,  was allocated to a 'KrisJelbring', the meaning/origin of this cape is unknown to date.|
- The cape texture model is the same as the Elytra texture model in the resource pack.
- However using the Elytra texture model for a cape will not make the Elytra a cape, as the Elytra entity itself is different from a cape.
Unused MineCon 2011 capes
These capes were featured in a poll where MineCon 2011 attendees could vote for their cape of choice. The red creeper cape won MineCon 2011, and the blue cape with the pickaxe was for MineCon 2012. These following capes are still unused though may appear in the future.
|1.0||Exclusive cloaks (later renamed capes) were added on December 20, 2010.|
|28 October 2011||Notch renamed the cloak to the cape mentioning that the name was already wrong in the first place.|
|1.9||15w41a||When you are wearing Elytra, your cape is invisible.|
|Mojang cape texture modified.|
|16w06a||The Elytra texture now defaults to the cape texture if no custom texture is uploaded and the player owns a cape.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|0.15.9||Capes support added. Minecon skin pack added which contains skins with all Minecon capes from 2011 to 2016, available to all players even if they did not go to Minecon.|