I am starting to develop a new game and i'm thinking about using some names for some features coming from other games (such as WoW and D&D).
I have already read this Is it legal to develop a game using D&D rules? and i know about Beholders and Mind Flyers (before reading this question) which i'm not going to use anyway in my game (neither specific D&D rules nor those monsters) and i'm not going to use an aready existing game system as i'm developing mine (which will use some classical RPG concepts but will have its unique flavor, at least i hope so...).
What i'm interested in is to know if i can legally use names those games use for skills, statistics, classes, enemies and so on...
I'm not talking about classic names such as Wizard, Mage, Warrior but more specific names you will find almost exclusively in that game (such as Bladesinger, Charisma, Power Attack or Warbringer...which apparently is a metal band and a monster in WoW and nothing else), these features won't be an exact copy of what you can find in other games, but will inherit just the "flavor" (sometimes not even that) of that feature
for example can i make a skill called "Power Attack" which gives you more damage per attack but a lower chance to hit (which is similar to D&D's power attack, though not exactly the same since mine will have a fixed % of damage increase and lowered chance to hit)?
What if this skill gives you more damage when using a weapon two-handed (which is a key feature of D&D's power attack in the 3.5 edition)?
I am aware that those are simple words and they can't be under copyright, what i'm more worried about is the flavor of a skill, statistic and so on and using a mechanic very similar to those found exclusively in other games