Cloak of Billowing | The Ultimate Guide to the Ultimate 5E Magical Item

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The Ring of Winter. The Hand of Vecna. The Talisman of Pure Good. There are so many incredible magical items in the Fifth Edition of Dungeons and Dragons that it can be difficult to choose a favorite. Well, this is true for some people anyway. My heart will always be loyal to the greatest magical item of all time: The Cloak of Billowing.

Often referred to as the Cape of Billowing by people that don’t know what they are talking about, the Cloak of Billowing is a common Wondrous item first introduced in Xanathar’s Guide to Everything. Found on Page 136, the book only dedicates a single sentence to explain this wonderful accessory. Read on to learn more about it.

Cloak of Billowing Guide

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You call that a billow, sir? How dare you.

The Cloak of Billowing is a common item that is not hard to come by. While magical, it is limited to a single ability. While wearing the cloak, your character can use a bonus action to make the cloak billow dramatically. That’s it. That’s what it does.

I know it’s a lot to take in, but I think we can all agree this cloak has some interesting possibilities. Read on to learn how this item could transform your next campaign.

How is the Cloak of Billowing useful in my campaign?

It’s not.


Look, I love this cloak. You don’t have to agree, but either way, you cannot disrupt my dreams of a sweeping cloak that billows majestically on command. Anywhere. It works inside, for God’s sake. Does this item make any real sense in your campaign? Nah. Is discussing it going to probably be little more than a distraction? I doubt it. But this game is fun, and sometimes all a bunch of nerds need is to daydream about a cloak that billows on command.

If you were mildly amused with this guide, we’ve got a ton of other 5E content around these parts. Check out our 5E Starting Gold Guide for more.


  1. Hi, can you fix an error in this article? The author stated that the cloak of billowing doesn’t have a use in a campaign, and that is just not a factual statement. Thank you for your time.

    • Agreed. Maybe the issue is that it’s uses are so many that the author was just overwhelmed and looped back around to 0.

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