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I don't own Sword or Shield yet. This is sort of the same type of question I asked about Z-moves back when they were new. I'm having a tough time deciding when I should use maxing and when I shouldn't,
and I want to be prepared and make myself NOT look like an absolute clown when I'm in the competitive environment.

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What format are you asking about?
Not an expert, but I’ve seen 3 Distinct timings for Dynamaxing: when you want to suddenly sweep with a set-up Sweeper (Having Flying/Fighting/Poison moves help boost stats further), when you want to temporarily change which move a Choice Item Holder uses (to allow more efficient sweeping), or when you want to counter a Dynamax (usually using Max Guard at least once), Granted you think you can KO the opponent as they revert. :P
sumwun, literally anywhere i could see it in singles. If you have advice for another format as well, I'd be happy to be enlightened.

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Best Time to Dynamax (any format) is always gonna be mid-battle, but since players seem to Dynamax on turn one, we'll go over why it isn't as smart as mid-battle

Pros

  • Guarantee stat changes
  • Weather set up (for abilities and buffs like Hydration and Slush rush)
  • Potential Fast Sweep
    ex- Open up with Togekiss and spamming max airstream and out speed anything

Cons

  • You have no guarantee idea what the rest of the opponent's team will be and what it will do to stall out or out power your Dynamax
    ex- A Dynamax tyranitar OHKO a Pikachu on turn 1, opponent swaps in Lucario and now you face a 4x Stab OHKO or swap out your Dynamax that still had 2 turns left.

  • You Dynamax based off confidence and sheer force
    ex- Darmanitan with Zen in Dynamax, pretty tempting to sweep right?

  • If you fail to end battle with stat changes and weather effects, opponents Dynamax will remove weather and out power for the rest of the battle

In conclusion, I doubt this question can have a concrete answer since it's more of like a subjective question like, "What's the best Pokémon?". Simply take my advice and learn what you can from it

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