Methods of selectively etching titanium oxide relative to silicon oxide, silicon nitride and/or other dielectrics are described. The methods include a remote plasma etch using plasma effluents formed from a fluorine-containing precursor and/or a chlorine-containing precursor. Plasma effluents from the remote plasma are flowed into a substrate processing region where the plasma effluents react with the titanium oxide. The plasmas effluents react with exposed surfaces and selectively remove titanium oxide while very slowly removing other exposed materials. A direction sputtering pretreatment is performed prior to the remote plasma etch and enables an increased selectivity as well as a directional selectivity. In some embodiments, the titanium oxide etch selectivity results partly from the presence of an ion suppression element positioned between the remote plasma and the substrate processing region.