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Increases the hand damage of troops armed with muskets (Musketeers, Janissaries, Caroleans, Highlanders, Ashigaru, Revolutionaries, etc).
—In-game description

Socket Bayonet is a technology in Age of Empires III that can be researched by European civilizations at the Arsenal. Once researched, it increases the hand attack of musket infantry (Musketeers, Janissaries, Highlanders, Fusiliers, etc.) by 20%.


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  • Socket Bayonet costs 400 wood, 400 coin.
  • Socket Bayonet is not available to the Dutch and Germans.

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Socket Bayonet costs 200 wood, 200 coin.
  • Socket Bayonet now properly affects Pistoleros and Dacoits, but no longer improves Grenadier-type units.
  • The Socket Bayonet improvement now properly affects Revolutionaries, and is now available to the Dutch and Germans when a Revolution with access to Revolutionaries is researched (previously remained unavailable).

Age3DE Icon Knights of the Mediterranean[]

  • With update 13.9057, Socket Bayonet costs 100 wood, 100 coin.
  • Although it is not listed in the patch notes, with update 14.3853, Socket Bayonet is now available to the Dutch and Germans by default.
Arsenal technologies
InfantryInfantry Breastplate · Counter Infantry Rifling · Socket Bayonet · Flint LockA · Paper CartridgeA · Military DrummersA
CavalryCavalry Cuirass · Ranged Cavalry Caracole · PillageA
ArtilleryGunner's Quadrant · Heated Shot · Professional GunnersA · TrunionA · Incendiary GrenadesG
A requires the Advanced Arsenal Home City Card
G only available to civilizations with Grenadiers