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Steve wearing a Minecon 2011 cape

Capes (previously known as cloaks) are extremely rare vanity items and are worn in addition to the player's skin. They are closely related to elytra which they visually modify.

Obtaining

There is currently no way to obtain a cape on one's own on Java Edition, although there are various mods that allow players to obtain one, only visible to that player (or in some cases, other users of that mod).

In Bedrock Edition of the game, some skins from various skin packs include capes.

Players on Java Edition who legitimately have one or more capes can choose which to wear (including no cape) by going to their Minecraft profile.

Players on Bedrock Edition can equip or unequip certain capes for their skin via the Character Creator.

Designs

Mojang capes

Name Cape Original Notes
Old Design Mojang Classic Cape.png Mojang Classic Cape (texture).png A few employees of Mojang Studios have this cape. This design was used from December 20, 2010 to October 7, 2015.
Updated Design Mojang Cape.png Mojang Cape (texture).png Some employees of Mojang Studios have this cape. This design has been used since October 7, 2015.

MINECON Capes

Name Image Original Notes
MINECON 2011 Attendees Cape MINECON 2011 Cape.png MINECON 2011 Cape (texture).png This cape was automatically added to all MINECON 2011 attendees' registered username.[1]
MINECON 2012 Attendees Cape MINECON 2012 Cape.png MINECON 2012 Cape (texture).png A redemption link for this cape was emailed to all registered MINECON 2012 attendees.[1]
MINECON 2013 Attendees Cape MINECON 2013 Cape.png MINECON 2013 Cape (texture).png 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.[2] A redemption link for this cape was emailed to all registered MINECON 2013 attendees, similar to MINECON 2012's method.[1]
MINECON 2015 Attendees Cape MINECON 2015 Cape.png MINECON 2015 Cape (texture).png Unlike previous events, this cape was available on the Console Edition from July 1 to 15.[3]
A redemption link for this cape was emailed to all MINECON 2015 attendees who scanned their ticket at the entrance on July 4, 2015.[1]
MINECON 2016 Attendees Cape MINECON 2016 Cape.png MINECON 2016 Cape (texture).png This cape was given to all players who attended MINECON 2016. A redemption link was emailed to all MINECON 2016 attendees who scanned their ticket at the entrance on September 24, 2016.
MINECON LIVE 2019

Founder's Cape

MINECON 2019 Cape.png MINECON 2019 Cape (texture).png Unlike previous events, this cape was distributed on the Minecraft Marketplace, as a promotion for the character creator.

Minecraft Festival Capes

Name Image Original Notes
Minecraft Festival Cape 2022 TBD TBD This Minecraft Festival Cape will be given out to attendees of the convention held in Orlando sometime in 2022[4]. Cape will be available for all attendees who own Minecraft Java edition and/or Bedrock edition.[5] More info is to come.

Temporary Capes

Name Image Original Notes
Christmas 2010 Cape Christmas 2010 Cape.png Christmas 2010 Cape (texture).png On December 24 - 25 2010, This cape was added to all accounts, but was later removed.
New Year 2011 Cape New Years 2011 Cape.png New Years 2011 Cape (texture).png On New Year's Eve 2010, all users were shown with this cape. This cape was not added to their accounts.
1st Birthday Cape Xbox 1st Birthday Cape.png Xbox 1st Birthday Cape (texture).png 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.[6][7] A Java Edition version of the cape currently does not exist. This cape was not added to their accounts.

Personal Capes

Name Image Original Notes
Bacon Cape MicleeBaconCape.png BaconCape.png Miclee was given this cape by Notch,[8] due to his idea of the Pigman.[9] However, later it was removed from him due to other users asking Notch for personal capes.[citation needed]

The cape was made by Miclee.[10]

Millionth Customer Cape 1000000.png 1MCape.png This cape was made for akronman1, the lucky buyer of the 1,000,000th copy of Minecraft.[11][12][13]

The cape was made by @kinten.[14]

dannyBstyle's Cape Cloak DB.png DBCape.png This cape was given to dannyBstyle, a video game music composer, as Notch was a fan of his music.[15]
JulianClark's Cape JulianClark cape.png JulianClark Cape.png This cape was given to JulianClark in return for bringing Notch the TV presenter and actor Ray Cokes.[16]
cheapsh0t's Cape Cheapsh0tcape.png Cheapsh0t.png In October 2013, the user cheapsh0t received this cape for helping the Mojang team in Tokyo.[17] The cape is identical to the Crowdin cape except for the Japanese flag on the reverse side of the cape.[18][19]
MrMessiah's Cape MrMessiah.png MrMessiah 2D.png This cape was given to MrMessiah as a "thank you" for creating the BetterLight mod,[20] 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.[21]
Prismarine Cape Prismarine Cape Ingame.png Prismarine Cape Elytra.png This cape was given to 'Drullkus' for recreating the prismarine block for use in his Chisel mod rather than modifying Mojang's texture.[22][23][24]
Turtle Cape Turtle Cape Ingame.png Turtle Cape.png This cape was given to 'billyK_' for his suggestion to add turtles into the game.[25]

Other Capes

Name Image Original Notes
Crowdin Translator Cape Translatorcape.png CrowdinTranslatorCape.png 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,[26][27] with plans to give more capes to translators from time to time.[28] Jeb later said that he canceled those plans after seeing abusive behavior from some translators like using auto-translation and down-voting legitimate translations.[29]

As of May 7, 2016, it appears these plans have resumed, with the exact reason currently unknown.
Users who own this cape are listed here.

Crowdin Chinese Translator Cape ChineseTranslatorCapeInGame.png ChineseTranslatorCape.png On June 4, 2015, Powup333, Craft_Lawrence and sjjklh received this cape for playing vital roles on Crowdin Translation Project in Chinese.[30] 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.
Scrolls Cape Scrollscape3-600x332.png Scrolls Cape.png 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 ten users with this cape.[31] As of September 30, 2015, it is no longer possible to earn this cape.[32]

On December 11 & 12, 2014, all users were shown with this scrolls cape to celebrate the release of Scrolls.[33] This cape was not added to user accounts.

Cobalt Cape CobaltCapeJaneator.png Cobalt Cape.png Given out only to participants/winners of level-making competitions and the Cobalt League tournaments.[34]
Users who own this cape are listed here.

The design of this cape's elytra is based on a wasp enemy from Cobalt.[35]

Mojira Moderator Cape BugTracker Cape InGame.png BugTracker Cape.png This cape was given to the bug tracker moderators on December 25, 2014, and again from May 9, 2016 onward.
Users who own this cape are listed here.
Realms Mapmaker Cape MapMakerCape.png MapmakerCapeTexture.png This cape was given to mapmakers who have followed the criteria as listed here.
Users who own this cape are listed here.

Bedrock Edition Capes

Name Image Original Notes
MINECON LIVE 2019

Founder's Cape

MINECON 2019 Cape.png MINECON 2019 Cape (texture).png Unlike previous events, this cape was distributed on the Minecraft Marketplace, as a promotion for the character creator.
Pancape The Pancape.png Pancape Cape.png This cape is available for Bedrock players in the character creator cape page.

It can be equipped via the cape select screen. When an elytra is worn with the cape, a pancake with maple syrup and butter design is visible.

A stylized version of this cape can be seen as the icon for the capes tab in the character creator.

Fun fact: When this cape was first accidentaly released by Mojang, there was no elytra texture so the Elytra wings were transparent because of that.

Skin Pack Capes

Name Image Original Notes
Enderdragon Wings Cape Ender DragonCAPE.png EnderDragonCape.png This cape was made for the Ender Dragon skin included in the 1st Birthday Skin Pack and could only be shown with the skin equipped.
Devil's Cape DevilCapeP.png DevilCape.png This cape was made for the Devil skin included in the Halloween Mash-Up and could only be shown with the skin equipped.
Dracula's Cape DraculaCapeR.png DraculaCape.png This cape was made for the Dracula skin included in the Halloween Mash-Up and could only be shown with the skin equipped.
Evil Wizard's Cape EvilWizardP.png EvilWizardCape.png This cape was made for the Evil Wizard skin included in the Halloween Mash-Up and could only be shown with the skin equipped.
Bride of Frankenstein's Cape BrideCapeP.png BrideCape.png This cape was made for the Bride of Frankenstein skin included in the Halloween Mash-Up and could only be shown with the skin equipped.
The Grim Reaper's Cape ReaperCapeR.png ReaperCape.png This cape was made for The Grim Reaper skin included in the Halloween Mash-Up and could only be shown with the skin equipped.
Wicked Witch's Cape WickedWitchP.png WickedWitchCapeP.png This cape was made for the Wicked Witch skin included in the Halloween Mash-Up and could only be shown with the skin equipped.
Maman Brigitte's Cape UnusedBECape 3R.png UnusedBECape 3.png This cape was made for the Maman Brigitte skin included in the Halloween Mash-Up and could only be shown with the skin equipped.
Male Spartan's Cape MaleSpartanR.png SpartanCape.png This cape was made for the Male Spartan skin included in Battles & Beasts Skin Pack and can only be shown with the skin equipped.
Female Spartan's Cape FemaleSpartanR.png SpartanV2Cape.png This cape was made for the Female Spartan skin included in Battles & Beasts Skin Pack and can only be shown with the skin equipped.
Padmé Amidala's Cape PadmeCapeR.png PadmeCape.png This cape was made for the Senator Padmé Amidala skin included in Star Wars Prequel Skin Pack and can only be shown with the skin equipped.
Palpatine's Cape PalpatineCapeR.png PalpatineCape.png This cape was made for the Senator Palpatine skin included in Star Wars Prequel Skin Pack and can only be shown with the skin equipped.
Count Dooku's Cape DookuCapeR.png DookuCape.png This cape was made for the Count Dooku skin included in Star Wars Prequel Skin Pack and can only be shown with the skin equipped.
General Grievous's Cape GrievousCapeR.png GrievousCape.png This cape was made for the General Grievous skin included in Star Wars Prequel Skin Pack and can only be shown with the skin equipped.
Boss Nass's Cape NassCapeR.png NassCape.png This cape was made for the Boss Nass skin included in Star Wars Prequel Skin Pack and can only be shown with the skin equipped.
Mas Amedda's Cape AmeddaCapeR.png AmeddaCape.png This cape was made for the Mas Amedda skin included in Star Wars Prequel Skin Pack and can only be shown with the skin equipped.
Poggle the Lesser's Cape PogCapeR.png PogCape.png This cape was made for the Poggle the Lesser skin included in Star Wars Prequel Skin Pack and can only be shown with the skin equipped.
Lando Calrissian's Cape CalrissianCape.png LandoCalrissianCape.png This cape was made for the Lando Calrissian skin included in Star Wars Classic Skin Pack and can only be shown with the skin equipped.
Skyrim Nazir's Cape NazirCapeR.png NazirCape.png This cape was made for the Skyrim Nazir skin included in the Skyrim Mash-Up and could only be shown with the skin equipped.
Skyrim Vampire Lord's Cape VampireLCape.png VampireL Cape.png This cape was made for the Skyrim Vampire Lord skin included in the Skyrim Mash-Up and could only be shown with the skin equipped.
Huntress Wizard's Cape HuntressWizardR.png HuntressWizardCape.png This cape was made for the Huntress Wizard skin included in the Adveture Time Mash-Up and could only be shown with the skin equipped.
Maori's Cape MaoriCapeR.png MaoriCape.png This cape was made for the Maori skin included in the Battle & Beasts 2 Skin Pack and could only be shown with the skin equipped.
Arabian's Cape ArabianCapeR.png Arabian.png This cape was made for the Arabian skin included in the Battle & Beasts 2 Skin Pack and could only be shown with the skin equipped.
Halo Drone's Cape HaloDroneR.png HaloDroneCape.png This cape was made for the Halo Drone skin included in the Halo Mash-Up and could only be shown with the skin equipped.

Minecon Skin Pack Capes

Minecon 2015 Skin Pack
Name Image Original Notes
Cape 2011 Cape2011 2015SPBedrock.png SkinPack2015 2011Cape.png This Cape was made for Minecon 2015 Skin Pack.
Cape 2012 Cape2012 2015SPBedrock.png Skinpack2015 2012.png
Cape 2013 Skinpack2015 2013R.png SkinPack2015 2013Cape.png
Cape 2015 Skinpack2015 2015R.png SkinPack2015 2015Cape.png
Minecon 2016 Skin Pack
Name Image Original Notes
Cape 2011 Cape2011 2015SPBedrock.png SkinPack2015 2011Cape.png This Cape was made for Minecon 2016 Skin Pack.
Cape 2012 Cape2012 2015SPBedrock.png Skinpack2015 2012.png
Cape 2013 Skinpack2015 2013R.png SkinPack2015 2013Cape.png
Cape 2015 Skinpack2015 2015R.png SkinPack2015 2015Cape.png
Cape 2016 SkinPack2016 2016R.png SkinPack2016 2016.png

Xbox 360 Avatar Capes

Name Image Original Notes
1st Birthday Cape XboxCapeRender Birthday.png XboxCapeTexture Birthday.png This cape can be purchased at the Xbox 360 Marketplace and equipped for your Xbox avatar.
Minecon 2011 Cape XboxCapeRender 2011.png Creeper cape.png 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 Java Edition. The cape was then put on Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition as avatar downloadable content.

It can also be purchased on the Xbox 360 Marketplace.

Minecon 2012 Cape XboxCapeRender 2012.png Minecon2012XboxCape.png 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 Java Edition.

It can also be purchased on the Xbox 360 Marketplace.

Minecon 2013 Cape XboxCapeRender 2013.png XboxCapeTexture 2013.png This cape can be purchased at the Xbox 360 Marketplace and equipped for your Xbox avatar.
Minecon 2015 Cape XboxCapeRender 2015.png XboxCapeTexture 2015.png This cape can be purchased at the Xbox 360 Marketplace and equipped for your Xbox avatar.
Minecraft Cape MC cape.png MC Cape Texture.png This cape can be purchased at the Xbox 360 Marketplace and equipped for your Xbox avatar.

Unused Capes

Minecon 2011

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.[36]

Minecon 2011 Cloak Candidates


Image
Recreated Texture
Source Minecon 2011 Minecon 2011 Minecon 2011

Bedrock Edition Skin Pack Capes

These capes are from Bedrock edition skin packs and are currently not used in any skin pack.

Image
Original
Source Star Wars Prequel

Skin Pack

Star Wars Prequel

Skin Pack

Adventure Time

Mash-Up

Elytra

When a player has a cape and equips an elytra, the elytra wings take the place of the cape and adopts its custom design. If the cape texture has no elytra design, game uses default elytra design.

History

Java Edition Beta
1.0Exclusive cloaks were added on December 20, 2010.
Java Edition
1.0.0September 22, 2011Notch announced a cloak design contest, for cloaks to be given out to MineCon attendees.
October 28, 2011Notch renamed the cloak to the cape, tweeting "We've reached a decision. The 'cloaks' will no longer be called 'cloaks' because they're not. They're capes. Sorry about that."
1.915w41aA player's cape becomes invisible if that player is equipped with an elytra.
Mojang cape texture modified.
16w06aThe elytra texture now defaults to the cape texture if no custom texture is uploaded and the player owns a cape.
May 24, 2020Mojang has disabled all unused Minecon Cape codes.
Pocket Edition Alpha
0.15.9Cape support added.
Added the MineCon skin pack, which contains skins with all MineCon capes from 2011 to 2016, available to all players for a limited time.[37]
0.15.10Capes no longer clip through armor.
When getting the MineCon 2016 capes, the player is now prompted to make a "free" purchase from their device's store. If the player is on Android and it prompts them for a payment, they can use the code MINECON2016 to get it for free.
October 7, 2016The MineCon 2016 skin pack is no longer available - it has been removed from all app stores and its redemption code is now expired. Players who obtained it while it was available are still able to use it.
Bedrock Edition
1.13.0?Worn capes now change the texture of elytra.
?The founder's cape can now be equipped onto Marketplace skins with the character creator, but custom skins are currently bugged.
1.13.1The founder's cape can now be equipped onto custom skins.
1.16beta 1.15.0.51The pancape is now visible to all players within the capes page of the character creator.

References

  1. a b c d https://help.mojang.com/customer/portal/articles/872983-minecon-capes
  2. "E-mails with Minecon 2013 capes have started to go out! Sent to the address used for purchasing tickets. #minestagram"@mollstam
  3. https://www.mojang.com/2015/06/littlebigplanet-meets-minecraft-minecon-capes
  4. https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/article/announcing-minecraft-live
  5. https://www.minecraftfestival.com/Buy/Ticket-Details/
  6. "The in-game birthday cape will be on until the end of this weekend. Let everyone know so they see it over the weekend! #MinecraftXBLA"@4JStudios
  7. "We've turned the special in-game Birthday cape off now. Thanks for celebrating one year of #MinecraftXBLA with us!"@4JStudios
  8. "@Micleee There you go." (archived)@notch
  9. "@Micleee thank you!" (archived)@notch
  10. Bored, so I made a bacon cape. http://i.imgur.com/1YJIQ.png@micleee (dead link)
  11. "@notch I have an SQL query that will find the millionth customer... May I draw him/her a special cape?"@jeb_
  12. "Could this be you? http://i.imgur.com/cuvPN.png #minecraft #onemillion #hype"@jeb_
  13. "I was the person who purchased the 1,000,000th copy of Minecraft yesterday."u/akronman1 on Reddit
  14. "Oh, and that's courtesy of @kinten"@jeb_
  15. "@dannyBstyle also, you should have a cloak now" (archived)@notch
  16. "Notch! I've brought you Ray Cokes as requested!"u/jurrian on Reddit
  17. https://www.mojang.com/2013/09/minecraft-meetup-tokyo
  18. https://twitter.com/jeb_/status/388193350408757248
  19. "I received this cape for helping jeb_ and the Mojang team in Tokyo. Is it the only one of its kind? [custom Crowdin Translator Cape]"u/cheapshot on Reddit
  20. forum:mapping-and-modding/minecraft-mods/mods-discussion/1341405-mrmmods-betterlight-grass-simplemap-1-8-1
  21. http://i.imgur.com/PzzwwbW.png
  22. "@tterrag1098 Wow! Looks sweet! Thank you so much!"@drullkus
  23. "Hehe thanks ;) Are you Drullkus ingame as well?"@jeb_
  24. "No matter how many times I try, it never looks good! >:( (Slightly butchered original prismarine on right side)"@drullkus
  25. Turtle shoutout to billyK_! As suspected, there's a cape waiting for you on your Minecraft profile =)
  26. "29 translators have now received a Minecraft cape (based on a secret selection formula + they have added their MC name to crowdin)"@jeb_
  27. "@adiacente Decided by a fair dice roll!"@jeb_
  28. "Your profile was included in my selection, but you must've added your Minecraft name after I ran the parsing program. I will obviously update the translator list as time goes on, but it's surrounded with a lot of manual labor, so I'll probably not do it very often. However, adding a note to my calendar to fix yours specifically, on Friday."u/jeb_ on Reddit
  29. "Seriously, this is why I stopped handing out translator capes =( The idea was to give something cool back to the ones who helped out, but the result was a bunch of "me too:s" that just auto-translated stuff and down-voted real translations."u/jeb_ on Reddit
  30. http://www.mcbbs.net/thread-452211-1-1.html
  31. https://namemc.com/cape/e2a2cf61181f4cd1
  32. https://scrolls.com/2015/09/greeting-fellow-citizens-of-the-internet
  33. "What's that on your back?! In Minecraft, you'll see a #Scrolls cape for the next two days to celebrate our launch! Woohoo!"@scrollsgame
  34. "As with Scrolls back in the day, the Cobalt tournament has Cobalt capes (for Minecraft) in its prize pool: http://cobaltleague.net/"@jeb_
  35. "It's the wings of the wasp!"u/jeb_ on Reddit, July 1, 2017
  36. https://www.mojang.com/2011/09/minecon-swag-cloaks
  37. http://www.mojang.com/2016/09/minecon-2016-skins-incoming-get-em-while-theyre-hot/