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It's quite popular that Snape was the only Death Eater capable of creating a Patronus (due to his love for Lily). Also, a Patronus is the only weapon against Dementors.

How do Death Eaters (except Snape of course) fight against Dementors? Do they just die after encountering Dementors as there's no other option?

Or, do Dementors just don't attack Death Eaters because there's nothing to feed on?

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Death Eaters have no need of Patronus charms.

From this interview with JK Rowling:

Samantha: Was snape the only death eater who could produce a full patronus

J.K. Rowling: Yes, because a Patronus is used against things that the Death Eaters generally generate, or fight alongside. They would not need Patronuses.

Quote to support the above assertion, from Lord V talking to his recently recalled Death Eaters in Goblet of Fire:

Voldemort moved on, and stopped, staring at the space - large enough for two people - that separated Malfoy and the next man.

'The Lestranges should stand here,' said Voldemort quietly. 'But they are entombed in Azkaban. They were faithful. They went to Azkaban rather than renounce me…When Azkaban is broken open, the Lestranges will be honored beyond their dreams. The dementors will join us…they are our natural allies… we will recall the banished giants…I shall have all my devoted servants returned to me, and an army of creatures whom all fear…'

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I don't think Dementors are generated by Death Eaters.. –  Sachin Shekhar Jun 18 at 16:11
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This doesn't really answer the question of how they might fight a dementor, though. –  phantom42 Jun 18 at 16:13
    
@SachinShekhar - No, but the dementors fight alongside the Death Eaters. They don't need to defend against allies. –  JohnP Jun 18 at 16:17
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@SachinShekhar - Yes, that's why the Death Eaters were unable to stage a mass breakout, because MoM controlled the dementors. If you want to argue against a direct JK quote, I can't help you much. –  JohnP Jun 18 at 16:27
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The Dementors like most magical creatures simply ally themselves with whoever gives them a better deal considering Voldemort wanted a Pureblood revolution eventually ending in Muggle Genocide he pretty much wins all magical creature votes unless they have morals. –  Simon Jun 19 at 12:08

The Patronus Charm isn't the only way to to fight off the dementors as Harry argues with Professor Snape on the best way to tackle the Dementors in his sixth year.

I don't have the exact quotation at hand, however you may see this here under the heading of protection.

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Interesting. Do you have citations? –  Sachin Shekhar Aug 12 at 12:24

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