How to get a cape in Minecraft, even without mods
  • The only official ways to get a cape in Minecraft are by attending special events or buying skin packs.
  • If you’re playing Minecraft: Java Edition, you can also make any cape by downloading mods like OptiFine.
  • Capes you get through mods will only be visible to you and anyone else running the same mod.
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Capes are among the rarest of all items in Minecraft. Depending on which one you have, they can be a sign of how long you’ve played, which events you’ve gone to, or just which mods you use.

It’s not hard to get a cape in Minecraft. But unless you fall into a very specific category of player, it’ll probably involve paying some money.

Here’s how to get a cape in Minecraft, using either the official method or mods.

How to get a cape in Minecraft without mods

In Minecraft, capes are usually given out to users who attend certain events or complete specific tasks.

For example:

  • From 2011 to 2016, attending the real-world MINECON event would earn you a special cape. Mojang brought these capes back for MINECON 2019, but only for Bedrock Edition players.
  • Minecraft mapmakers who’ve had their maps accepted into the Realms Content Creator Program and earned enough points might be awarded a cape.
  • If you bought Minecraft: Java Edition before December 2020, converting your Mojang or legacy account into a Microsoft account gets you the “Migrator” cape.

A selection of capes from Minecraft: Java Edition.

A selection of capes from Minecraft: Java Edition.
Mojang

Additionally, players who attend the upcoming Minecraft Festival in late 2022 will earn an exclusive cape.

There are a few capes that you can get at any time, but they’re exclusive to Bedrock Edition.

  • The Pan Cape is given to players who download the beta versions of Bedrock Edition.
  • There are nearly two dozen unique capes that Bedrock players can get by buying skin packs, like the Adventure Time Mash-up or Star Wars Classic Pack.

A selection of capes from Minecraft: Bedrock Edition.

You can buy capes in Bedrock Edition.
Mojang

To equip your capes, head to Minecraft’s character creation page and change your skin. You’ll see all the capes you’ve unlocked there.

How to get a cape in Minecraft with mods like OptiFine

There are lots of Minecraft mods that can get you a cape. But the best of these mods — although it costs a bit of money — is OptiFine.

If you haven’t already heard of it, OptiFine is a massive Minecraft mod that revamps the game’s graphics engine and lets you optimize the game for your computer. It’s possibly the most popular Minecraft mod of all time, and a necessity for anyone looking to install shader packs.

Along with performance changes, OptiFine also gives you the ability to design and wear custom capes. But unlike the mod’s other features, capes are locked at the start.

OptiFine is free to download, but to unlock capes, you have to donate $10 to the OptiFine team.  You can donate and choose your cape design from this webpage. You’ll have to provide your Minecraft username and email address.

The OptiFine website's donation page.

You can pick what your cape will look like before you buy.
Optifine

Once your cape is active, you should see it appear on your character the next time you open the game. If it’s not, make sure that you have OptiFine installed and capes turned on in-game: Open Options, then Skin Customization, and then make sure Cape is set to ON.

The Minecraft character Alex wearing the default Optifine cape.

The default OptiFine cape has the letters OF on it.
Mojang; Optifine; William Antonelli/Insider

You can change the cape’s design at any time (or temporarily deactivate it) by opening Minecraft, selecting Options, Skin Customization, OptiFine Cape, and then Open Cape Editor.

Only the colors can be changed by default, but you can also select the Banner option and then follow the instructions to create a custom cape on this page.

William Antonelli

Editor & Staff Writer for Tech Reference

William Antonelli is a writer and editor based in New York City. As Editor of Insider’s Tech Reference vertical and a founding member of the Reference team, he’s helped grow Tech Reference from humble beginnings into a juggernaut that attracts over 20 million visits a month. You can find him on Twitter @DubsRewatcher, or reach him by email at wantonelli@insider.com.

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