There are five equipment slots in Rogue Legacy: sword, helm, chest, limb, and cape. The cape slot is rather unique, but the other four slots all have matching sets of equipment that provide similar bonuses. In order to use equipment, you must unlock the Blacksmith castle upgrade, find a blueprint, buy the equipment, and then equip it. Capes do not inherently gives boosts to any of your main stats. Instead they grant special abilities and occasionally provide stat boosts. Due to this fact they are usually the least important equipment for some classes and critical for others. The following equipment guide will help you choose the best cape for your character in Rogue Legacy.
Squire Cape (B) – This cape is the lightest in the game and grants a 4% increase in critical hit chance. Unless you are playing a Shinobi, this is a great default cape due to the low weight.
Knight Cape (D+) – This cape is actually weaker than the Squire Cape in almost every single situation. It weighs more, costs more, and gives a 15% increase in critical hit damage. The latter is only really useful if you already have a massive critical hit chance. In general, if you need to save weight, use the Squire Cape instead.
Blood Cape (B+) – The Blood Cape decreases your hit point total by 30 and gives causes you to heal one whenever you kill an enemy. While every other equipment slot also has a Blood option, this is the only one that doesn’t have worse stats than the corresponding Knight equipment.
Silver Cape (A) – This is the go-to cape for low level spell casters. While wearing it, whenever you kill an enemy, you recover 1 mana point. You should buy it as soon as you find the blueprint.
Ranger Cape (C-) – The Ranger Cape weighs more than the Squire Cape and Knight Cape combined, but gives the same benefit of both combined. If you have lots of spare weight, it is obviously superior to either and it is especially useful for Knaves, but usually you are better saving weight and using the Squire Cape.
Sage Cape (D-) – The Sage Cape is one of the heaviest capes in Rogue Legacy. In return you earn 10% additional gold, but unless you have an enormous amount of weight to spare, you are trading too much in way of stat boosts for that boost. By the time you do have spare weight, you should have better options.
Guardian Cape (A+) – This is outright better than the Silver Chest, Knight Chest, and Squire Chest. It doesn’t grant a special ability, instead increasing your armor stat. This should be your default cape for your characters, only be switched out when you need a particularly important special ability or desperately need to save weight.
Sky Cape (A+) – If the Guardian Cape isn’t your default cape, then the Sky Cape should be. When you equip this, it is the equivalent of two Air Vault runes, which is the best rune in the game.
Retribution Cape (F) – Unless you have a very specific build in mind, this is a complete waste and even then you are better off using Retribution runes than this cape. Besides reflecting 50% of the damage you take, this cape also decreases your defense by 15. The only saving grace is that it is light, but that doesn’t make it good.
Imperial Cape (C-) – This cape increases your critical hit damage by 50%. If you are playing a Knave or have a lot of Crit Up castle upgrades, this isn’t bad, but generally you are better saving weight and equipping a better weapon than using this.
Dragon Cape (A) – The incredibly high weight of the Dragon Cape is all that keeps it from being tied for the best rune in Rogue Legacy. Whenever you kill an enemy with this cape, you recover 2 hit points. If you don’t have enough Vampire or Balance Runes, use this cape to make up for that.
Holy Cape (A) – This is one of two capes that grant you a bonus to a stat. The Holy Cape increases your mana points and you recover 1 mana point whenever you slay an enemy. It is perfect for spell casters and even bypasses the Guardian Cape once you are higher level and can afford better chest pieces.
Royal Cape (C+) – The ability to fly for 1.5 seconds at a time is significant, but the Sky Cape will serve you better in most situations for less weight and a lower cost. It is worth buying and holding on to for some special challenges, but you should not default to it.
Slayer Cape (B+) – If you really want to increase your close range damage output as much as possible, this is the best cape for the job. It increases your critical hit chance, critical hit damage, and makes you deal retributive damage. It is essentially just a Ranger Cape with one more benefit, but you get it late enough in the game that conserving weight shouldn’t be as much of an issue.
Dark Cape (A+) – This is the heaviest cape in the game and worth every bit of that weight. While wearing it, you recover health and mana when you kill an enemy and you effectively have a Vault Rune equipped. For 100 weight, you essentially have a half a Dragon Cape, Holy Cape, and Sky Cape. That is a beautiful combo and usually the combo will be better than specializing.