Minecraft 1.9 Update Gets Magic Flying Capes

Minecraft [official site] will let you live out your childhood Peter Pan-inspired dreams when it adds magic flying capes to its 1.9 update. Last night, developer Jens Bergensten took to social media to namedrop a new “dramatic feature” for the forthcoming update, before parting with some work-in-progress screens. Nip inside for pics and gifs galore.

It all started with Bergensten tweeting this:

Then another tweet saying: “Ok, here’s a gfy. And as always, work in progress! (For 1.9, Java edition)”, followed by this:

The magical flying capes, it seems, are non-craftable and must be stumbled upon by inquisitive players. Also, the new cape will replace any other ones you might be donning at the time of discovery. This probably won’t be too much of an issue, though, because once collected you’ll be doing things like this:

Which is very, very cool.

Still no word on when we can expect to see Minecraft’s 1.9 snapshot – according to the Minecraft community, The Combat Update, as it’s now official known, was supposed to be here in July – and this news will no doubt have fans climbing up the walls. Until the update arrives. And then they’ll be flying up them. Obviously.


  1. dangermouse76 says:

    Has anyone completed the adventure mode ? Did you enjoy it, was it fun ?

    • ikehaiku says:

      You mean defeating the Ender Dragon? Once, just because I was riding along with friends on our server. To me, it was kinda pointless (“Ok, done that, so…what now?”)..but I guess someone more into the “adventure” part of MC might enjoy it for the sake of it.

  2. Bull0 says:

    So it’s the flying from creative mode with an animated cape?

    So dramatic

    • Nevard says:

      I’m pretty behind on Minecraft, but I’m fairly sure in Creative mode it just looks like you are playing your walking animation in the sky? So there’s that at least.
      This one also appears to possibly have constant motion applied, and not allow you to hover, though it may just be that the player was intentionally moving in all of those gifs.

      • Bull0 says:

        That’s what I assumed. It’s not hard to make it look clever than it is.

    • TillEulenspiegel says:

      Did you look at the video?

      • Bull0 says:

        Yes. Seriously, you can already fly in creative mode.

        • rustybroomhandle says:

          This is misguided poo-poo on your part then. The flying in this is nothing like flying in creative mode. The movement model is not even close to it. And what about people who are not playing in creative mode? The cape is not for turning yourself into a glorified 3D cursor, but to travel places, soar, swoop and swoosh. Creative mode “flight” is stiff and boring. You have no sense of perspective, nuance, and I suspect you are without joy.

  3. Napalm Sushi says:

    I imagine this being particularly cool on AMPLIFIED (caps necessary) worlds.

  4. TheAngriestHobo says:

    “Then another tweet saying: ‘Ok, here’s a gfy'”

    No, YOU gfy! >:(

    (seriously, what’s a gfy? Is it a filetype or just slang for the videos hosted on that website?)

    • Darth Gangrel says:

      Looking it up at urbandictionary it’s either Good For You or Go Fuck Yourself, but reddit says:

      “A gfy is a short, looped, soundless video moment that includes GIF as one of the available formats. The name stands for “GIF Format Yoker” (we pronounce it “jiffy”). And the purpose is to bridge the gap between gif and html5 video by providing both– allowing users much faster delivery, and more playback options”

  5. Geebs says:

    It’s html5 video masquerading as a .gif so that the kids will use it.

  6. geldonyetich says:

    Does this change seen overwhelmingly likely to gut the immersion of the game by making traveling overland too easy, of is that just me?

    • ikehaiku says:

      Yeah, that’s what my impression also is. Hard to judge without actually using it – but my gut feeling is “Mobs? Just Fly away? Don’t bother with day/night cycle? Yeah, not gonna use that thing, and I hope we’ll have an option to ban it for server use”

    • Jay Load says:

      Minecraft is a royal pain sometimes. Overland travel is one thing that’s long needed addressing and no I don’t want to have to mine forever to build a sodding railway to do it. Sod your immersion, I’m bored of the same forest commute!

      • Bugamn says:

        Let’s agree that more options are always good and no one will force anyone to fly? And servers will probably have some way to ban them if they don’t fit well with the server purposes.

    • PseudoKnight says:

      Played around with it today and this isn’t an issue at all. First, you always lose altitude. You can fly 9.37 blocks before losing 1 block in height (if you fly perfectly). So you need to start way up in the air to get anywhere in good time. (there’s a mob-stacking glitch-trick to help launch you in the air in 1.9; we’ll see it makes this practical) They also replace your chestplate, which is the piece of armor that offers the most protection. Next, you can only find them in End sky ships. Lastly, they lose durability. Without unbreaking, they only last 7 minutes of flight before they need to be repaired in an anvil. You can only repair them about 35 times before they become too expensive.

      • Y2Kafka says:

        God I hate that. Here’s this super cool thing you can play around with. But you can only use it for a certain amount of time before it breaks, and you have to constantly repair it at ever increasing costs. Considering it doesn’t seem like they’re renewable and you’ll have to keep searching for one encase the one you’re using breaks…

        Too Common = Easy Mode
        To Un-Common = Never going to use it.

        I feel like this thing is going to go through a lot of tweeks.

        • PseudoKnight says:

          They’re already reducing lift by 8% next snapshot because people found a way to fly forever. (don’t turn left or right, and fly at 45 degree angles up and down) It will also damage you if you fly into a wall too fast. There’s a few other exploits/mechanics that really help flight (Punch II bows, stacked mob collisions, and probably more). It might be that MC ingenuity is what keeps this interesting. I think it’s at the very least a fun way to fall slowly (instead of just feather falling, water buckets, and enderpearls), could be used nicely with enderpearls, and will make for some really amazing experiences, even if they’re limited. Just look at some of the stunt videos people are putting out.

  7. socrate says:

    isn’t that already a thing in tons of mod?even extra utility as that…not to mention the extremely popular hang glider from open block…i never get these dumb implementation that mod already have…is anyone actually playing vanilla minecraft and if so…WHY?

  8. benkc says:

    So many comments assuming it’s full flight, but that looks to me more like a hang-glider that lets you trade speed back into altitude. (Presumably at a loss.) If it’s a more full-featured hang-glider than what’s in OpenBlocks, that’s cool by me.