Chevaulegers are ranged cavalry similar to the Dragoons. They have high speed and attack, with multipliers against heavy cavalry and hand shock infantry. In comparison with Dragoons, Chevaulegers have less ranged attack, slightly less speed, and cost more food, but have higher hit points and melee attack. Chevaulgers lack melee multipliers against artillery, but their increased melee attack makes them more effective against these units.
Like other light cavalry units, Chevaulegers can be countered by Skirmishers and archers. However, due to their increased hit points and melee attack, they can take down these units more easily, as long as they are not outnumbered, so it is recommended to combine them with melee cavalry units like Hussars.
The Chevauleger starts at Veteran level, giving it +20% hit points and attack.
Chevau-léger is a French generic name for several units of medium and light cavalry. While originally referred to French cavalry regiments, Austria and some German states also made use of Chevau-légers.
The Chevauleger is based on the Bavarian Army Chevaulegers regiments during the Napoleonic Wars, particularly as seen in the artwork for the Military Uniforms History Book "Uniformenkunde" by Richard Knötel.
Historically, the Chevauleger regiments fought with swords and short lances, as they were meant to be a different type unit from Gendarmes (which were formed by heavy cavalry). However, the in-game Chevauleger uses a carbine in ranged combat, although this is accurate, as Bavarian Chevaulegers regiments used carbines during the Napoleonic Wars, in addition to swords and lances. They can get a lance in melee combat after researching Ducal Berg Lancers.
The House of Wittelsbach ruled Bavaria from the medieval period up through the 20th century. As the early modern period wore on, heavy cavalry were found to be increasingly less utile and were gradually supplanted by medium cavalry such as chevaulegers, which variously included hand cavalry wielding swords and lances. The Bavarian variant, however, tended to prefer swords or sabers, and remained in use even beyond the Napoleonic Wars.