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Attach [Object] to Socket

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When attaching Objects/Actors to Bones on your Skeletal Mesh, it may be necessary to offset this attachment. Instead of using math operations to estimate the offset transform, you can create Sockets. Sockets are dedicated attach points within the hierarchy of your Skeleton, which can be transformed relative to the Bone it is parented to. Once set up, you can attach your objects, weapons, and other actors to the Socket.


Attach a Sword to a SkeletalMesh's Hand

Define variables and set up Sockets

  1. Create Sockets in your SkeletalMesh, and name them whatever you want. In this example we'll have a YourCharacter and a YourSword, just to show a usecase for this.

  2. Add the following to your Actor Header-File YourCharacter.h:

#pragma once

#include "CoreMinimal.h"
#include "Sword.h"
#include "YourCharacter.generated.h"

class AYourCharacter : public ACharacter

UPROPERTY(VisibleAnywhere, BlueprintReadOnly, Category = YourCharacter, meta = (AllowPrivateAccess = "true"))
class USkeletalMeshComponent* CharacterMesh;

// Setup for the Actor that should be attached
UPROPERTY(VisibleAnywhere, BlueprintReadOnly, Category = "YourGame", meta = (AllowPrivateAccess = "true"))
class USkeletalMeshComponent* SwordMesh;

// Define the Actor, that you want to attach
// after you've done this and compiled, you have to select the Actor
// in YourCharacter's Blueprint Details Pannel that you want to attach
UPROPERTY(EditDefaultsOnly, BlueprintReadOnly, Category = "YourGame")
TSubclassOf<ASword> Sword;

// Reference to the spawned Actor, in this case the sword
UPROPERTY(VisibleAnywhere, BlueprintReadOnly, Category = "YourGame", meta = (AllowPrivateAccess = "true"))
ASword* SpawnedSword;
  1. Attach the Object to the Socket, here is a example YourCharacter.cpp:

// Called when the game starts or when spawned
void YourCharacter::BeginPlay()
// Call the base class


// Spawn Actor at Socket

// get the character mesh
CharacterMesh = GetMesh();

// check if Sword is not null (has to be selected in YourCharacter's Blueprint Details Pannel)
if (Sword)
// Spawn the sword at Zero Location and Rotation
SpawnedSword = GetWorld()->SpawnActor<ASword>(Sword, FVector::ZeroVector, FRotator::ZeroRotator);

if (SpawnedSword && SwordMesh)
// Attach SwordMesh to CharacterMesh
// Attach it to the Socket "sword", that what I named it in the Unreal Engine Editor - just enter you SocketName
SwordMesh->AttachToComponent(CharacterMesh, FAttachmentTransformRules::SnapToTargetIncludingScale, "sword"); // replace "sword" with your SocketName

This was an example on how to Attach an Actor/Object to a Socket in Unreal Engine C++.