Unlike Old School Runescape, there aren’t many wearable items in Minecraft that show how skilled you are at the game.
However, there is one thing that will help you stand out from the crowd, and that is coats.
While modders have added capes and sold them on the Marketplace, legitimate capes are hard to come by, and Mojang releases fewer each year.
Here’s a history of Minecraft’s cloaks, and the few you still have a chance to pick up for yourself.
These are one of the biggest status symbols in the game and mark you as a Mojang employee to players.
It changes with the company logo, which keeps the brand fresh.
You can pick up your own from these, but it might not be worth the years spent on computer science degrees.
Between 2011 and 2016, a cape was given out to everyone who attended Minecraft’s signature convention, Minecon.
There was a different one released each year, meaning there are six Minecon pirates out there currently.
When Minecon went digital only in 2017, Mojang stopped giving out capes, although one was released in 2019 to those who owned the Bedrock edition.
Technically, this cape is still available for purchase on the Marketplace, but it’s not cheap.
It will set you back around 10 million Minecoins which is around £48k/$63ki real money.
Millionth customer cape
Minecraft is best selling game of all time and has sold over 240 million copies worldwide and on multiple platforms.
But back in 2011, Mojang was just happy to reach the million mark.
Minecraft reached this goal on January 13, 2011, and user akronman1 received a special cape as the millionth customer.
People are unsure if akronman1 is still playing because they haven’t been seen online for a while.
However, it is estimated to be one of the most valuable accounts in Minecraft if they ever put it up for sale.
Mojang has often rewarded members of the community who have stood out or helped the game in some way.
Notch, the original creator of the game, was notorious for handing out personalized capes to anyone whose work he admired.
Some of these caps were taken away from users when players started demanding their own caps.
However, some remain. Here’s a list of who got one and why they got it.
- Bacon Cape – Given to Miclee who came up with the idea Minecrafts Pigmen.
- DannyBstyle – A video game composer that Notch liked.
- Julian Clark – Given in exchange for “bringing him Ray Cokes”, one of the title screen jokes from Minecraft beta.
- Cheapsh0t – Given for helping the Mojang team while in Tokyo.
- Lord Messiah – Given to create the BetterLight mod that Mojang used to improve Minecrafts lighting engine.
- Prismarine Cape – Given to Drullkus for recreating the Prismarine texture in his Chisel mod, rather than using the original Minecraft one.
- Birthday Cape – Given to Gr8Bizzo, a Mojang employee who worked on Minecraft website.
- Turtle Cape – Given to billyK for his suggestion to add turtles to the game.
Part of the reason Minecraft became so huge is because it is played all over the world.
The undertaking of translating Minecraft into 119 languages is no small task, and most of those who have helped were given the Translator cape.
Scroll’s champion cape
Caller’s Bane is another game from Mojang, although it was obviously nowhere near as popular.
Originally called Scrolls, this trading card game came out in 2014 and was promoted via Minecraft with the Scrolls champion cape.
This cape was given to anyone who placed first in the Scrolls weekly list five times. It was also a prize for the Scrolls tournament at Minecon 2015.
Despite receiving positive reviews, Cobalt is another Mojang game that was overshadowed by Minecraft’s success.
This cape was awarded as part of a Cobalt level crafting competition and for the winners of the 2016 Cobalt tournament.
The most interesting thing about this cape is that it is one of the only capes that has changed significantly in its Elytra form.
Mojira moderator cape
Although we are not sure where Mojira comes from, this cape was given to the moderators of the Minecraft Bug Tracker.
With the size of the game, it’s no surprise that there are a lot of bugs, especially the Bedrock Edition.
This team had a lot of work to do and deserved the reward.
Realms mapmaker cape
These capes were given out as an incentive to encourage more people to make maps for Minecraft Realms.
Publishing a world template earned you two points, inspiration maps three, and minigames, experiences, or adventures would earn you four points.
Those who totaled at least eight points would receive this cape in return.
This is one of the capes that are still relevant if you play Minecraft on PC.
If you purchased the game before December 1, 2020, you can get your cape by migrating your legacy account to a Microsoft account.
When you do, check your in-game options and your cape should be there.
Another of the available capes, the Vanilla cape was revealed by Mojang in a blog post, but was deleted less than an hour later.
Despite an earlier-than-planned announcement, the Vanilla cape is real and available to anyone who purchased both the Java Edition and Bedrock Edition on PC before June 6, 2022.
That’s when the launchers merged and two became one.
The catch is, if you got one of the versions for free, it doesn’t count. You must have made two separate purchases.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.
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