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Steve wearing a 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 2016 MINECON 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.
MINECON 2011 Xbox Cape Minecraft 360 Avatar MineConCape.jpg 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.
MINECON 2012 Xbox Cape Xboxcape.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.

Minecraft Festival Capes

Name Image Original Notes
Minecraft Festival Cape 2021 TBD TBD This Minecraft Festival Cape will be given out to attendees of the convention held in Orlando sometime in Fall 2021. Cape will be available for all attendees who own Minecraft Java edition and/or Bedrock edition.[4] 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 the accounts But 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 Xbox 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.[5][6] 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,[7] due to his idea of the Pigman.[8] However, later it was removed from him due to other users asking Notch for personal capes.[citation needed]

The cape was made by Miclee.[9]

Millionth Customer Cape 1000000.png 1MCape.png This cape was made for akronman1, the lucky buyer of the 1,000,000th copy of Minecraft.[10][11][12]

The cape was made by @kinten.[13]

dannyBstyle's Cape Cloak DB.png DBCape.png This cape was given to dannyBstyle.[14]
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.[15]
cheapsh0t's Cape Cheapsh0tcape.png Cheapsh0t.png In October 2013, the user cheapsh0t received this cape for helping the Mojang team in Tokyo.[16] The cape is identical to the Crowdin cape except for the Japanese flag on the reverse side of the cape.[17][18]
MrMessiah's Cape MrMessiah.png MrMessiah 2D.png This cape was given to MrMessiah as a "thank you" for creating the BetterLight mod,[19] 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.[20]
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.[21][22][23]
Turtle Cape Turtle Cape Ingame.png Turtle Cape.png This cape was given to 'billyK_' for his suggestion to add turtles into the game.[24]

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,[25][26] with plans to give more capes to translators from time to time.[27] Jeb later said that he canceled those plans after seeing abusive behavior from some translators like using auto-translation and down-voting legitimate translations.[28]

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.[29] 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.[30] As of September 30, 2015, it is no longer possible to earn this cape.[31]

On December 11 & 12, 2014, all users were shown with this scrolls cape to celebrate the release of Scrolls.[32] 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.[33]
Users who own this cape are listed here.

The design of this cape's elytra is based on a wasp enemy from Cobalt.[34]

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.
Xbox 360 MC Cape MC cape.png MC Cape Texture.png This cape can be purchased at the Xbox 360 store and can be equipped for your Xbox avatar.

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 pattern is visible.

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

Skin Pack Capes

Name Image Recreation Notes
Enderdragon Wings Cape Ender DragonCAPE.png EnderDragonCape.png This cape was made for the ender dragon skin released in the 1st Birthday Skinpack and could only be shown with the skin equipped.

The skin and cape combo was released on Bedrock Edition for free through the Marketplace on September 5, 2014. It is still available to download here: https://www.minecraft.net/en-us/pdp?id=8e78a44d-0c1f-4ce2-826b-8bbc555012de#

Devil's Cape DevilCapeP.png DevilCape.png This cape was made for the Devil skin included in the Halloween Mash-Up Pack and could only be shown with the skin equipped.
Bride's Cape BrideCapeP.png BrideCape.png This cape was made for the Bride skin included in the Halloween Mash-Up Pack 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 Pack 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 Pack 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 And Beasts 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 And Beasts and can only be shown with the skin equipped.

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.[35]

Image MineconCape2.png MineconCape3.png MineconCape4.png
Recreated Texture Unused Cape 1.png Unused Cape 2.png Unused Cape 3.png

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.

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.[36]
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.
1.13.0The 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.minecraftfestival.com/Buy/Ticket-Details/
  5. "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
  6. "We've turned the special in-game Birthday cape off now. Thanks for celebrating one year of #MinecraftXBLA with us!"@4JStudios
  7. "@Micleee There you go."@notch
  8. "@Micleee thank you!"@notch
  9. Bored, so I made a bacon cape. http://i.imgur.com/1YJIQ.png@micleee (dead link)
  10. "@notch I have an SQL query that will find the millionth customer... May I draw him/her a special cape?"@jeb_
  11. "Could this be you? http://i.imgur.com/cuvPN.png #minecraft #onemillion #hype"@jeb_
  12. "I was the person who purchased the 1,000,000th copy of Minecraft yesterday."u/akronman1 on Reddit
  13. "Oh, and that's courtesy of @kinten"@jeb_
  14. "@dannyBstyle also, you should have a cloak now"@notch
  15. "Notch! I've brought you Ray Cokes as requested!"u/jurrian on Reddit
  16. https://www.mojang.com/2013/09/minecraft-meetup-tokyo
  17. https://twitter.com/jeb_/status/388193350408757248
  18. "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
  19. forum:mapping-and-modding/minecraft-mods/mods-discussion/1341405-mrmmods-betterlight-grass-simplemap-1-8-1
  20. http://i.imgur.com/PzzwwbW.png
  21. "@tterrag1098 Wow! Looks sweet! Thank you so much!"@drullkus
  22. "Hehe thanks ;) Are you Drullkus ingame as well?"@jeb_
  23. "No matter how many times I try, it never looks good! >:( (Slightly butchered original prismarine on right side)"@drullkus
  24. Turtle shoutout to billyK_! As suspected, there's a cape waiting for you on your Minecraft profile =)
  25. "29 translators have now received a Minecraft cape (based on a secret selection formula + they have added their MC name to crowdin)"@jeb_
  26. "@adiacente Decided by a fair dice roll!"@jeb_
  27. "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
  28. "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
  29. http://www.mcbbs.net/thread-452211-1-1.html
  30. https://namemc.com/cape/e2a2cf61181f4cd1
  31. https://scrolls.com/2015/09/greeting-fellow-citizens-of-the-internet
  32. "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
  33. "As with Scrolls back in the day, the Cobalt tournament has Cobalt capes (for Minecraft) in its prize pool: http://cobaltleague.net/"@jeb_
  34. "It's the wings of the wasp!"u/jeb_ on Reddit, July 1, 2017
  35. https://www.mojang.com/2011/09/minecon-swag-cloaks
  36. http://www.mojang.com/2016/09/minecon-2016-skins-incoming-get-em-while-theyre-hot/