As of now, there are only a handful of ways to get your hands on a Minecraft cape. And they're not all created equally. Here are three ways you can do it, so you can choose the one that suits your needs best.
Using a ModOne of the best things about Minecraft is that it has a thriving community of developers that make a variety of game modification add-ons. These mods can alter everything from the look and feel of the game's environment to the weapons, items, blocks, and mobs in the game. And they can even allow Minecraft server operators to create customized worlds for their users to play in.
So it should come as no surprise that one of the simplest ways to get capes in Minecraft is with a mod. Most of the mods that do this are available on CurseForge, which most Minecraft users should already be familiar with. But doing this comes with a downside. It's that only players using the same mod as you, or on servers that support it will see your new outfit.
So if you're trying to add a cape for your own enjoyment, mods are the way to go. But if you're trying to show off to other players, your mileage may vary. It's also worth pointing out that this is the only way right now to add capes in Minecraft's Java edition unless you have a time machine to go back to a time when Mojang gave them out as rewards for attending in-person events.
Purchase a SkinIf you're playing Minecraft Bedrock edition, there's another option available for users that want these rare items. They can go to the Minecraft store and purchase a skin that has one included. This can be a bit tricky because not every skin will include a cape, and you'll have limited designs to choose from.
But if you want more options, there are also third-party websites with free downloadable skins. They've even done the work for you by letting you sort the skins by attributes, making it simple to find what you're looking for. And if that doesn't work for you, there's one more option you'll be able to try.
Migrate Your Mojang Account to MicrosoftIf you've been playing Minecraft for a long time, you may have an account tied to the servers of its original developer, Mojang. Most often, they belong to users playing on Minecraft Java Edition. But in 2011, Microsoft purchased Mojang for the staggering sum of $2.5 billion. Afterward, the company started to release other versions of the hit game, including the multi-platform Bedrock Edition.
Since then, Microsoft has allowed users with legacy Mojang accounts to keep playing the game without interruption. But in 2020, they announced that all users would need to migrate their legacy accounts onto Microsoft's servers shortly. They haven't announced a cut-off date yet, but they have announced that all users that migrate will get a free cape for doing so. Plus, any capes you already have will come with you onto the new system.