Capes are commemorative items and are worn in addition to the player's skin. They also change the appearance of worn elytra.
- 1 Obtaining
- 2 Java Edition designs
- 3 Bedrock Edition designs
- 4 Xbox 360 Avatar capes
- 5 Unused capes
- 6 Unknown capes
- 7 Elytra
- 8 History
- 9 References
There are various mods such as Optifine that allow players to obtain capes, some even allowing for any custom design to be used. These capes are however not official and only visible to the player using the mod (or in some cases, other users of that mod). Only official capes, that can be seen by everyone, are listed in this article.
The only cape that can be obtained on one's own, so far, in Java Edition is the migrator cape which comes from migrating a Mojang account to a Microsoft account. The rest cannot be obtained by players through any in-game means and are therefore considerably rarer. Capes cannot be transferred between accounts.
MINECON capes before Minecon Earth 2017 were obtained by attending or buying a ticket to the year's MINECON. Minecraft events from 2017 and onward are done via a livestream available to everyone and no capes are given out anymore. On May 12, 2020, Mojang disabled all unused MINECON cape links used to obtain the capes of years 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. Only a few thousand players around the world have a MINECON cape.
Other, even less common, types of capes have manually been given out by Mojang to select few members of the community throughout the years. Some of the people who have those capes include Mojang staff themselves, volunteers in various programmes as well as individuals whose impact was recognized by Mojang. Only a few hundred players around the world have such a cape.
Unlike Java Edition, in Bedrock Edition, capes are much more common items with some skins from various skin packs having capes integrated to them. One such skin pack that was made available to everyone was the MINECON 2016 skin pack that contains all five Minecon cape designs from Java Edition up to 2016. A cape celebrating Minecon Live 2019 was available in Bedrock Edition to promote the character creator, though it was obtainable by everyone regardless of whether they watched the event or not. The Pan Cape is another cape exclusive to Bedrock Edition that was given to every player.
Java Edition designs
|A few employees of Mojang Studios have this cape. This design was used from December 20, 2010 to October 7, 2015.||Mojang-old|
|Mojang cape||Some employees of Mojang Studios have this cape. This design was used from October 7, 2015 to July 25, 2021.||Mojang|
|Mojang Studios cape||A few employees of Mojang Studios have this cape. This design has been used since July 25, 2021. It was made by Johan Aronson and it resembles the "Mojangs" or "gizmos" that make up the Mojang Studios logo.||Mojang-new|
|MINECON 2011 cape||This cape was automatically added to all MINECON 2011 attendees' registered username.||Minecon2011|
|MINECON 2012 cape||A redemption link for this cape was emailed to all registered MINECON 2012 attendees.||Minecon2012|
|MINECON 2013 cape||A redemption link for this cape was emailed to all registered MINECON 2013 attendees, similar to MINECON 2012's method.||Minecon2013|
|MINECON 2015 cape||A redemption link for this cape was emailed to all MINECON 2015 attendees who scanned their ticket at the entrance on July 4, 2015.||Minecon2015|
|MINECON 2016 cape||A redemption link was emailed to all MINECON 2016 attendees who scanned their ticket at the entrance on September 24, 2016.||Minecon2016|
(MINECON Live 2019) Founder's Cape is listed under § Character creator capes.
Minecraft Festival capes
|Minecraft Festival 2022 cape||TBD||TBD||This Minecraft Festival cape will be given out to attendees of the convention held in Orlando sometime in 2022. The cape will be available for both Java and Bedrock editions to all attendees. More info is to come.||TBD|
|Bacon cape||—||This cape was given to Miclee 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.||—|
|Millionth Customer cape||This cape was given to akronman1, the lucky buyer of the 1,000,000th copy of Minecraft.||MillionthSale|
|dannyBstyle's cape||This cape was given to dannyBstyle, a video game music composer, as Notch was a fan of his music.||dannyBstyle|
|JulianClark's cape||This cape was given to JulianClark in return for bringing Notch the TV presenter and actor Ray Cokes.||JulianClark|
|cheapsh0t's cape||This cape was given to cheapsh0t on October 2013 for helping the Mojang team in Tokyo. The cape is identical to the Crowdin cape except for the Japanese flag on the under side of the cape.||cheapsh0t|
|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. The designer of the cape is uncertain but MrMessiah believes it was Jeb.||MrMessiah|
|Prismarine cape||This cape was given to Drullkus for recreating the prismarine block for use in his Chisel mod rather than modifying Mojang's texture. Jeb had this cape made before reaching out to Drullkus but it had no owner.||Prismarine|
|Birthday cape||This cape was given to Gr8_Escape (now named Gr8Bizzo).
The account is owned by a Mojang employee leading the work on minecraft.net.
|Translator cape||This cape was given to some proofreaders (experienced translators with moderation permissions for their language) on the Minecraft translation project in Crowdin.
Originally, these capes were given out on May 16, 2012 using a fair dice roll to 29 contributors, with plans to give more capes from time to time. Jeb later said that he canceled those plans after seeing abusive behavior from some translators, such as using auto-translation and down-voting legitimate translations.
The cape was again used a few years later to reward certain proofreaders for important contribution to the project, though no new capes have been granted recently.
|Chinese Translator cape||This cape was given to Powup333, Craft_Lawrence and sjjklh on June 4, 2015 for playing vital roles on the Minecraft translation project in Crowdin in Chinese. The cape is identical to the standard translator cape except for the pixelated Chinese flag on the under side of the cape. This cape shares similar design style with cheapsh0t's cape.||Translator-Chinese|
|Scrolls Champion cape||This cape was given to players who earned the Weekly First Place winner badge five times in Scrolls starting on November 7, 2014. During Minecon 2015, the Scrolls Minecon Open was also held for Scrolls' ingame items and other prizes including the cape in Minecraft. As of September 30, 2015, it is no longer possible to earn this cape.On December 11 - 12, 2014, all players were temporarily shown with this cape to celebrate the release of Scrolls. However, it was not added to accounts.||ScrollsChamp|
|Cobalt cape||This cape was given to participants/winners of level-making competitions and the Cobalt League tournaments in 2016.
The design of the cape's elytra texture is based on a wasp enemy from Cobalt.
|Mojira Moderator cape||This cape was given to Bug tracker moderators.||Moderator|
|Realms MapMaker cape||This cape was given to mapmakers in the Java Realms Content Creator Program who met the criteria listed here.||MapMaker|
|Turtle cape||This cape was given to billyK_ for his suggestion to add turtles into the game.
The cape was also used by Mojang Employees Michael Andersson and el_hefe_ for cape endpoint testing at some point.
|Migrator cape||This cape was given out to all players who have bought Minecraft before December 1, 2020 and migrated their Mojang or legacy account to a Microsoft account starting on July 9, 2021.
The official cape design was released by Ined on twitter on June 30, 2021.
Before the cape's release, text was found in language files that read "And... a special Veteran Cape for each year you've played Java Edition!" Later on, images were found on the support page with similar text. It is unknown why this text existed, as Mojang have made no comment regarding it.
Bedrock Edition designs
|(MINECON Live 2019) Founder's Cape||This cape was distributed on the Minecraft Marketplace, as a promotion for the character creator.
On December 29, 2021, the price of the Founder's Cape was changed to 10 million Minecoins.
|The Pan Cape!||This cape is available to all Bedrock players in the character creator cape page.
It can be equipped via the cape select screen. When elytra are 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.
|Mojang Studios Cape||This cape is available for Mojang Studios developers.
This cape was added into the game on December 10, 2021.
Skin Pack capes
Some capes are missing including all from LittleBigPlanet™ Mash-Up Pack, Marvel Avengers Skin Pack and other from Legacy Console Editions or other editions.
|Ender Dragon Wings cape||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||This cape was made for the Huntress Wizard skin included in the Adventure Time Mash-Up and could only be shown with the skin equipped.|
|Maori's cape||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||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||This cape was made for the Halo Drone skin included in the Halo Mash-Up and could only be shown with the skin equipped.|
|Jens's cape||This cape was made for Jens included in the 3rd Birthday Skin Pack and could only be shown with the skin equipped.|
Minecon skin pack capes
|Cape 2011||This Cape was made for Minecon 2015 Skin Pack.|
|Cape 2011||This Cape was made for Minecon 2016 Skin Pack.|
|1st Birthday cape||From May 9 to May 13, 2013, all players of the Xbox 360 Edition were shown with this Birthday cape (except for players who were using skins that have their own cape) to celebrate the 1st birthday of the Xbox 360 Edition of Minecraft. A version of the cape does not exist in any other edition of Minecraft. This cape was not added to their accounts.|
Xbox 360 Avatar capes
These capes are available for your Xbox 360 Avatar as additional cosmetic item.
|1st Birthday cape||This cape can be purchased at the Xbox 360 Marketplace and equipped for player's Xbox avatar.|
|Minecon 2011 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 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||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||This cape can be purchased at the Xbox 360 Marketplace and equipped for player's Xbox avatar.|
|Minecon 2015 cape||This cape can be purchased at the Xbox 360 Marketplace and equipped for player's Xbox avatar.|
|Minecraft cape||This cape can be purchased at the Xbox 360 Marketplace and equipped for player's Xbox avatar.|
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.
These capes are recreated and do not have original colors. The blue cape is the closest one to the original.
Bedrock Edition skin pack capes
These capes are from Bedrock edition skin packs and are currently not used in any skin pack.
These capes have original colors.
|Source||Star Wars Prequel
When a player has a cape and equips elytra, the elytra take the place of the cape and adopts its design. If the cape texture has no elytra design, it has the default elytra design. Elytra shares the same texture (and layout) as the cape texture. One cannot get a cape by modifying the elytra texture.
|Java Edition Beta|
|1.0||Exclusive cloaks were added on December 20, 2010.|
|1.0.0||September 22, 2011||Notch announced a cloak design contest, for cloaks to be given out to MineCon attendees.|
|October 28, 2011||Notch 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."|
|1.9||15w41a||A player's cape becomes invisible if that player is equipped with elytra.|
|Mojang cape texture modified.|
|16w06a||The elytron texture now defaults to the cape texture if no custom texture is uploaded and the player owns a cape.|
|May 12, 2020||Mojang has disabled all unused Minecon cape codes.|
|October 21, 2020||Mojang Studios has announced Mojang Account migration to Microsoft Account System. As a "thank you" for migrating, players who have done so received a cape.|
|Pocket Edition Alpha|
|v0.15.9||Cape 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.|
|v0.15.10||Capes 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, 2016||The 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.|
|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.|
|1.13.1||The founder's cape can now be equipped onto custom skins.|
|1.16||beta 18.104.22.168||The pancape is now visible to all players within the capes page of the character creator.|
- "Java Edition is moving house" – Minecraft.net, October 21, 2020
- "Yep! Our talented art crew @JohanAronson & co designed the new Mojang Studios cape when we rebranded. We got around adding it together with the Migrator cape :)" – @Mojang_Ined on Twitter, July 26, 2021
- "Announcing Minecraft Live!" – Minecraft.net
- "@Micleee There you go." – @notch on Twitter
- "@Micleee thank you!" – @notch on Twitter
- "Bored, so I made a bacon cape. http://i.imgur.com/1YJIQ.png" (dead link) – @micleee
- "@notch I have an SQL query that will find the millionth customer... May I draw him/her a special cape?" – @jeb_ on Twitter
- "Could this be you? http://i.imgur.com/cuvPN.png #minecraft #onemillion #hype" – @jeb_ on Twitter
- "I was the person who purchased the 1,000,000th copy of Minecraft yesterday." – u/akronman1 on Reddit
- "Oh, and that's courtesy of @kinten" – @jeb_ on Twitter
- "@dannyBstyle also, you should have a cloak now" – @notch on Twitter
- "Notch! I've brought you Ray Cokes as requested!" – u/jurrian on Reddit
- マインクラフト東京： オフ会Withデベロッパー - Mojang.com; September 6, 2013
- "Back at the office after a 3-week honeymoon! Hundreds of emails waiting for me, and I need to look into giving @yorksensei a MC cape =)" – @jeb_ on Twitter
- "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
- "MrMMods (BetterLight|Grass, SimpleMap) 1.8.1" – Minecraft Forum, October 13, 2010.
- "@tterrag1098 Wow! Looks sweet! Thank you so much!" – @Drullkus on Twitter
- "Hehe thanks ;) Are you Drullkus ingame as well?" – @jeb_ on Twitter
- "No matter how many times I try, it never looks good! >:( (Slightly butchered original prismarine on right side)" – @Drullkus on Twitter
- "Basically you need to provide a stable, high-quality support for your language project. For a few years at least. Then you may become a proofreader. And then you may get a cape if you are a good proofreader."
- "29 translators have now received a Minecraft cape (based on a secret selection formula + they have added their MC name to crowdin)" – @jeb_ on Twitter
- "@adiacente Decided by a fair dice roll!" – @jeb_ on Twitter
- "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
- "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
- "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 on Twitter
- "As with Scrolls back in the day, the Cobalt tournament has Cobalt capes (for Minecraft) in its prize pool: http://cobaltleague.net/" – @jeb_ on Twitter
- "It's the wings of the wasp!" – u/jeb_ on Reddit, July 1, 2017
- Turtle shoutout to billyK_! As suspected, there's a cape waiting for you on your Minecraft profile =)
- "Purchasing for Minecraft Java Edition is restored. You will know need to create a Microsoft account for new purchases of this version - JP" – @MojangStatus on Twitter, December 1, 2020 [sic]
- "Everyone that has and will migrate will now get the Migrator cape. Happy summer everyone!" – @Mojang_Ined on Twitter, July 9, 2021
- Migration language file (en_US.json) mentioning the words "Veteran Cape"
- An image found on the support site including the words "Veteran Cape"
- "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 on Twitter
- "We've turned the special in-game Birthday cape off now. Thanks for celebrating one year of #MinecraftXBLA with us!" – @4JStudios on Twitter
- Minecon Swag - Cloaks - Mojang.com; September 22, 2011
- MINECON 2016 skins incoming! Get 'em while they're hot! - Mojang.com; September 22, 2016