How to get a cloak in Minecraft

  • The only official ways to get a cloak in Minecraft are by attending special events or purchasing skin packs.
  • If you play Minecraft: Java Edition, you can also craft any cloak by downloading mods like OptiFine.
  • The cloaks you get from mods will only be visible to you and anyone else running the same mod.
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Cloaks are among the rarest items in Minecraft. Depending on which one you have, they can show how long you’ve been playing, what events you’ve been to, or just what mods you’re using.

It is not difficult to get a cloak in Minecraft. But unless you fall into a very specific category of player, it will likely involve paying money.

Here’s how to get a cloak in Minecraft, using 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 perform specific tasks.

For example:

  • From 2011 to 2016, attending the MINECON event in the real world would earn you a special cape. Mojang brought back these capes for MINECON 2019, but only for Bedrock Edition players.
  • Minecraft cartographers who got their maps accepted in the Realms Content Creator program and earned enough points could receive a cape.
  • If you purchased Minecraft: Java Edition before December 2020, converting your Mojang or old account to a Microsoft account will earn you the “Migrator” cape.

A selection of capes from Minecraft: Java Edition.

A selection of capes from Minecraft: Java Edition.


In addition, players who attend the next Minecraft Festival in late 2022 will earn an exclusive cape.

There are a few cloaks you can get anytime, but they’re exclusive to Bedrock Edition.

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

A selection of capes from Minecraft: Bedrock Edition.

You can buy capes in Bedrock Edition.


To equip your capes, go to the Minecraft character creation page and change your skin. There you will see all the cloaks you have unlocked.

How to get a cloak in Minecraft with mods like OptiFine

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

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

In addition to performance changes, OptiFine also gives you the option to design and wear custom capes. But unlike other mod features, the capes are locked at the start.

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

The OptiFine website donation page.

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


Once your cloak is active, you should see it appear on your character the next time you open the game. If not, make sure OptiFine is installed and cloaks are enabled in the game: Open Options, so Skin customization, then make sure Cap is set to TO.

Minecraft character Alex wearing the Optifine cape by default.

The default OptiFine cape bears the letters OF.

Mojang; Optifine; William Antonelli / Insider

You can change the design of the cloak at any time (or temporarily disable it) by opening Minecraft, selecting Options, Skin customization, Cape OptiFine, then Open the heading editor.

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