There are several defined words that are used in Super Spell Heroes to describe something.
What is an element?
Everything that does spawn on the game board is called an Element. This means, Mana, Spells and Tokens.
What is Mana?
Mana is a colored Element and always belongs to a specific magic color. (Fire, Nature, Light, Earth, Water). Each Mana chain for a spell to increase the power of the spell.
What is a token?
Tokens are Elements that are only generated by Spells. They can have a lasting effect, time out effect or buff/nerf Spells. Tokens belong to a magic color as well as either have a positive or negative effect.
These tokens do have a positive effect while on your board, they do level spells, buff them or are Mana Tokens. Some positive tokens can not be used as Mana.
These Tokens do have a positive effect while being used as Mana for a spell.
These tokens do have a negative effect while being on your board. Some when they just stay on the board some when reaching the bottom, others when their timer runs out and some when being hit or at specific times. These tokens can not be used as Mana.
What is a spell?
If used as the first element they define what spell your hero is casting. Spells can also be used as Mana when being linked to the next Element.
An active spell is a spell that is active while casting. Active spells do break and stop when a spell with Breakpower/Damage hits the Hero and is higher than their Resistance. They do have an effect while casting or after the cast.
A shield spell is a specific active spell that creates a shield that blocks all damage that is lower than the shields power. If the Damage/Breakpower is higher than the shield power the shield breaks and prevents the damage equal to the shield power.
An attack spell is any kind of spell that does damage or causes a negative effect on the opponents board. They can be active spells or regular spells.
A healing spell is any kind of spell that heals a Hero. They can be active spells or regular spells.